Origin: orig. dialect, dialectal , probably from or akin to Faroese hokna, to crouch from Old Norse hokra, to creep from Indo-European an unverified form keuk- (from base an unverified form keu-, to bend) from source Sanskrit čúčīm, to cower
- buttocks; rump
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intransitive verb hun·kered, hun·ker·ing, hun·kers
- To squat close to the ground; crouch. Usually used with down: hunkered down to avoid the icy wind.
- To take shelter, settle in, or hide out. Usually used with down: hunkered down in the cabin during the blizzard.
- To hold stubbornly to a position. Usually used with down: “As the White House hunkered down, G.O.P. congressional unity started crumbling” (Time).
Origin: Perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse hokra, to crouch.