Origin of hunkerorigin, originally 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 ?ú??m, to cower
intransitive verbhun·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 of hunkerPerhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse hokra, to crouch.
(third-person singular simple present hunkers, present participle hunkering, simple past and past participle hunkered)
Originally Scottish. Origin unknown, but probably of Germanic origin, perhaps *hunk- or *huk-. Probable cognates include Old Norse húka, Dutch huiken, and German hocken.