Hunker meaning

hŭngkər
To take shelter, settle in, or hide out. Usually used with down:

Hunkered down in the cabin during the blizzard.

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To hold stubbornly to a position. Usually used with down:
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To squat close to the ground; crouch. Usually used with down:

Hunkered down to avoid the icy wind.

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The haunches.
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To settle down on one's haunches; squat or crouch.
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Haunches.
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(intransitive) To crouch or squat close to the ground.
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hunker down
  • to make preparations, as to defend oneself or take on a difficult task
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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.

    From Wiktionary

  • Unknown

    From Wiktionary