a member of the conservative faction in the Democratic Party in New York State, 1845–48.
Compare Barnburner.

1835–45, Americanism; origin uncertain

Hunkerism, noun
Hunkerous, adjective
Hunkerousness, noun Unabridged
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hunker (ˈhʌŋkə)
vb (often foll by down)
to squat; crouch

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Word Origin & History

"to squat, crouch," 1720, Scottish, probably from O.N. huka "to crouch," hoka, hokra "to crawl." Hunker down, Southern U.S. dialectal phrase, popularized c.1965, from northern British hunker "haunch."
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