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Hunker

[huhng-ker] /ˈhʌŋ kər/
noun
1.
a member of the conservative faction in the Democratic Party in New York State, 1845–48.
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Origin
1835-1845
1835-45, Americanism; origin uncertain
Related forms
Hunkerism, noun
Hunkerous, adjective
Hunkerousness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for hunkerous

hunker

/ˈhʌŋkə/
verb
1.
(intransitive) often foll by down. to squat; crouch
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Word Origin and History for hunkerous

hunker

v.

"to squat, crouch," 1720, Scottish, of uncertain origin, possibly from a Scandinavian source, cf. Old Norse huka "to crouch," hoka, hokra "to crawl." Hunker down, Southern U.S. dialectal phrase, popularized c.1965, from northern British hunker "haunch." Related: Hunkered; hunkering.

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