to squat on one's heels (often followed by down ).
to hunch: The driver hunkered over the steering wheel.
to hide, hide out, or take shelter (usually followed by down ): The escaped convicts hunkered down in a cave in the mountains.
to hold resolutely or stubbornly to a policy, opinion, etc., when confronted by criticism, opposition, or unfavorable circumstances (usually followed by down ): Though all the evidence was against him, he hunkered down and refused to admit his guilt.
Slang.to lumber along; walk or move slowly or aimlessly.
hunkers, one's haunches.
on one's hunkers,
British Informal.squatting on one's heels.
suffering a period of poverty, bad luck, or the like.
Origin: 1710–20; apparently hunk (perhaps nasalized variant of huck haunch; akin to Old Norsehūka to crouch) + -er6