- to squat on one's heels (often followed by down).
- 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.
- Slang. to lumber along; walk or move slowly or aimlessly.
- hunkers, one's haunches.
- on one's hunkers,
- British Informal.squatting on one's heels.
- suffering a period of poverty, bad luck, or the like.
Origin of hunker
- a member of the conservative faction in the Democratic Party in New York State, 1845–48.
Origin of Hunker
Examples from the Web for hunkers
Delegates were chosen to the national convention to oppose the Hunkers.Martin Van Buren
Edward M. Shepard
Yer whar Brer B'ar bin squattin' on he hunkers, en dar de print w'ich he ain't got no tail.Nights With Uncle Remus
Joel Chandler Harris
Solemn, almost motionless, squatted on their hunkers, they looked like two great vultures watching an animal die.King--of the Khyber Rifles
So he shquats on his hunkers an' bids thim run round an' round forninst him while he considhers on ut.Soldiers Three, Part II.
To sit on one's hunkers, to sit with the hips hanging downwards, S.An Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language
- (intr often foll by down) to squat; crouch
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.