American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To squat close to the ground; crouch. Usually used with down: hunkered down to avoid the icy wind.
- v. To take shelter, settle in, or hide out. Usually used with down: hunkered down in the cabin during the blizzard.
- v. To hold stubbornly to a position. Usually used with down: "As the White House hunkered down, G.O.P. congressional unity started crumbling” ( Time).
- n. The haunches.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To stoop with the body resting upon the calves of the legs; squat.
- n. In American politics, a conservative; one who opposes innovation or change; a fogy: first applied in the State of New York as a name to the conservative section of the Democratic party who opposed the Barnburners or radical section, about 1845. Also used adjectively.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Political Cant, U.S. Originally, a nickname for a member of the conservative section of the Democratic party in New York; hence, one opposed to progress in general; a fogy.
- v. sit on one's heels
- Unknown (Wiktionary)
- Perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse hokra, to crouch. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The entire country, it seems, is in hunker-down mode.”
“You didn't use the word hunker and I'm very proud of you.”
“I heard the word "hunker" = squat on your haunches (I think Richard Boone used that in a movie somewhere).”
“How many times did the soon ex-gov. of alaska say "hunker" in her resignation/moving forward speech? too many thats for sure. a person of power (or those wishing to be) should stick to words that are actually IN the dictionary.”
“It would be apathetic to kind of hunker down and go with the flow.”
“It would be apathetic to just kind of hunker down and go with the flow.”
“But at the same time, I think a lot of people maybe who are having personal issues kind of hunker down at work, I suppose, Brian.”
“I can't go anywhere but I better figure out a way to kind of hunker down and say my prayers and hope that everything works out OK.”
“We had brought enough gear just in case Saturday wasn't bad, we would just kind of hunker down for the day and maybe Sunday would be better, but -- so we had food and gear for two nights up there.”
“There's that word, "hunker" down, I was trying not to use.”
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