verb (used without object)
- to hunch: The driver hunkered over the steering wheel.
- to hide, hide out, or take shelter, often for just a few hours or less, as from a pursuer or a storm: The escaped convicts hunkered in a cave in the mountains.
- to settle in to the safety of one’s home or other designated shelter for a potentially prolonged time, as would be necessitated by a natural disaster or an outbreak of a contagious disease: Many local residents hunkered in the basement of the fire station.
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Idioms for hunker
- British Informal. squatting on one's heels.
- suffering a period of poverty, bad luck, or the like.
Origin of hunker
Definition for hunker (2 of 2)
Origin of Hunker
OTHER WORDS FROM HunkerHun·ker·ism, nounHun·ker·ous, adjectiveHun·ker·ous·ness, noun
Example sentences from the Web for hunker
Hunker’s business partner for the Duplex Diner and the two Rehoboth restaurants, Jeff McCracken, could not immediately be reached for comment.Rights to DC Eagle name purchased by Duplex Diner co-owner|Lou Chibbaro Jr.|December 2, 2020|Washington Blade
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