hunker(redirected from hunkered down)
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intr.v. hun·kered, hun·ker·ing, hun·kers
1. To squat close to the ground; crouch. Usually used with down: hunkered down to avoid the icy wind.
2. To take shelter, settle in, or hide out. Usually used with down: hunkered down in the cabin during the blizzard.
3. To hold stubbornly to a position. Usually used with down: "As the White House hunkered down, G.O.P. congressional unity started crumbling" (Time).
[Perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse hokra, to crouch.]
(often foll by: down) to squat; crouch
v. -kered, -ker•ing,
1. to squat on one's heels (often fol. by down).
2. to hunch: students hunkering over their books.
3. to hide, hide out, or take shelter (usu. fol. by down).
4. to hold firmly or stubbornly to one's opinion, course, etc., as when criticized or thwarted (usu. fol. by down).n.
5. hunkers, the haunches.
[1710–20; appar. hunk (perhaps alter. of huck haunch)]
Past participle: hunkered
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|Verb||1.||hunker - sit on one's heels; "In some cultures, the women give birth while squatting"; "The children hunkered down to protect themselves from the sandstorm"|
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