Hunker Definition

hŭngkər
hunkered, hunkering, hunkers
verb
hunkered, hunkering
To settle down on one's haunches; squat or crouch.
Webster's New World
To take shelter, settle in, or hide out. Usually used with down:
Hunkered down in the cabin during the blizzard.
American Heritage
To hold stubbornly to a position. Usually used with down:
American Heritage
Synonyms:
noun
Haunches.
Webster's New World
Wiktionary
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idiom
hunker down
  • to make preparations, as to defend oneself or take on a difficult task
Webster's New World

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Origin of Hunker

  • Originally Scottish. Origin unknown, but probably of Germanic origin, perhaps *hunk- or *huk-. Probable cognates include Old Norse húka, Dutch huiken, and German hocken.

    From Wiktionary

  • Perhaps of Scandinavian origin Old Norse hokra to crouch

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Unknown

    From Wiktionary

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