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
Definition for hunkers (2 of 2)
Origin of Hunker
Examples from the Web for hunkers
To sit on one's hunkers, to sit with the hips hanging downwards, S.An Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language|John Jamieson
I think we can stand the large number of these now known, if the moderate and union Hunkers can be held, as we anticipate.Letters and Literary Memorials of Samuel J. Tilden, v. 1|Samuel J. Tilden
Two persons are trussed somewhat like fowls; they then hop about on their “hunkers,” each trying to upset the other.The Traditional Games of England, Scotland, and Ireland (Vol II of II)|Alice Bertha Gomme
In the legislature the Barnburners, or "Free-soilers" as they began to be called, outnumbered the Hunkers.Martin Van Buren|Edward M. Shepard
Solemn, almost motionless, squatted on their hunkers, they looked like two great vultures watching an animal die.King--of the Khyber Rifles|Talbot Mundy
British Dictionary definitions for hunkers (1 of 2)
Word Origin for hunkers
British Dictionary definitions for hunkers (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for hunkers
"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.