Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- The hams; the haunches.
- v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of hunker.
- n. dated Plural form of hunker.
- n. The haunches
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Scot. & Local, U. S. In the phrase
on one's hunkers, in a squatting or crouching position; haunches.
“From the WSJ Archives As Britain hunkers down for deep spending cuts, the legacy of Margaret Thatcher -- the last prime minister who made such a bold move -- looms large.”
“Later the same night Matthew Maitland observed to Peter, as they sat on their "hunkers" at the corner:”
“Arrived at the pit-head, they found a number of miners there squatting on their "hunkers," waiting the time for descending the shaft.”
“Victim and operator squat down in a corner on their "hunkers," facing each other, and the operation then begins, the utensils being laid out upon a rag on the ground.”
“Evidently he had had a conference with the leading "hunkers" who had deputed him to state their case to me.”
“He was ever busy, either in building tub-mills across the mountain creeks and branches, sitting on his "hunkers" cutting out mill-stones in the lonely mountains, or hunting deer, turkeys, and bees in the wild forests.”
“The footman had hardly descended to what he termed his "hunkers," and begun to search the pavement about the spot which the old man indicated, when Mr. Peters, who seemed very much exhausted, and breathed with difficulty, struck him a violent blow, from above, over the back of the head with a heavy instrument, and then another; and leaving him bleeding and senseless in the gutter, ran like”
“*** Africa As Ivory Coast's incumbent president hunkers down in his fortified basement, defended by a couple hundred core supporters, the people outside are bearing the brunt of a confrontation with no immediate end in sight.”
“As Ivory Coast's incumbent president hunkers down in his fortified basement, defended by a couple hundred core supporters, the people outside are bearing the brunt of a confrontation with no immediate end in sight.”
“Barry Toll hunkers down on the jungle floor in the tri-border area where Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam meet at the Ho Chi Minh Trail.”
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