verb (used without object)
- to hunch: The driver hunkered over the steering wheel.
- to hide, hide out, or take shelter (usually followed by down): The escaped convicts hunkered down in a cave in the mountains.
- to hold resolutely or stubbornly to a policy, opinion, etc., when confronted by criticism, opposition, or unfavorable circumstances (usually followed by down): Though all the evidence was against him, he hunkered down and refused to admit his guilt.
- British Informal. squatting on one's heels.
- suffering a period of poverty, bad luck, or the like.
Origin of hunker
Examples from the Web for hunkering
For now the family is hunkering down in privacy, but royal blood never stays settled for too long.
Afghans were hunkering down, and several mentioned another civil war.America Prepares to Fold in Afghanistan But Must Stay|John Kael Weston|January 16, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The move seemed to suggest that the notoriously combative mogul was hunkering down for a serious fight.Rupert Murdoch’s Sun on Sunday Gambit to Save News Corp.’s Image|Mike Giglio|February 20, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The message in all these statements is that Israel would now be hunkering down.
Shann reached the next room in line, hunkering down to see within it.Storm Over Warlock|Andre Norton
Do you remember how the child you once were sat in the brae, spinning the peerie, and hunkering at I-dree I-dree I droppit-it?
God made man to stand erect on his two feet, but you would be for ever hunkering like a monkey eatin' nuts.Patsy|S. R. Crockett
Then she came round, and, 'hunkering' down beside us, opened her book and in a low voice began to read.Betty Grier|Joseph Waugh
British Dictionary definitions for hunkering
Word Origin and History for hunkering
"to squat, crouch," 1720, Scottish, of uncertain origin, possibly from a Scandinavian source, cf. Old Norse huka "to crouch," hoka, hokra "to crawl." Hunker down, Southern U.S. dialectal phrase, popularized c.1965, from northern British hunker "haunch." Related: Hunkered; hunkering.