a member of the conservative faction in the Democratic Party in New York State, 1845–48.
Origin of Hunker
An Americanism dating back to 1835–45; origin uncertainRelated formsHun·ker·ism, nounHun·ker·ous, adjectiveHun·ker·ous·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for hunkerism
(intr often foll by down) to squat; crouch
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Word Origin and History for hunkerism
"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.
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