Hunkered down in the cabin during the blizzard.
Hunkered down to avoid the icy wind.
- to make preparations, as to defend oneself or take on a difficult task
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of hunker
- Perhaps of Scandinavian origin Old Norse hokra to crouch
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Originally Scottish. Origin unknown, but probably of Germanic origin, perhaps *hunk- or *huk-. Probable cognates include Old Norse húka, Dutch huiken, and German hocken.