hunkers

hunker

[huhng-ker]
verb (used without object)
1.
to squat on one's heels (often followed by down ).
2.
Informal.
a.
to hunch: The driver hunkered over the steering wheel.
b.
to hide, hide out, or take shelter (usually followed by down ): The escaped convicts hunkered down in a cave in the mountains.
c.
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.
3.
Slang. to lumber along; walk or move slowly or aimlessly.
noun
4.
hunkers, one's haunches.
Idioms
5.
on one's hunkers,
a.
British Informal. squatting on one's heels.
b.
suffering a period of poverty, bad luck, or the like.

Origin:
1710–20; apparently hunk (perhaps nasalized variant of huck haunch; akin to Old Norse hūka to crouch) + -er6

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Hunker

[huhng-ker]
noun
a member of the conservative faction in the Democratic Party in New York State, 1845–48.
Compare Barnburner.


Origin:
1835–45, Americanism; origin uncertain

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

hunkers (ˈhʌŋkəz)
 
pl n
haunches
 
[C18: of uncertain origin]

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hunker
"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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