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Definition of "hunker" []

  • To squat close to the ground; crouch. Usually used with down: hunkered down to avoid the icy wind. (verb-intransitive)
  • To take shelter, settle in, or hide out. Usually used with down: hunkered down in the cabin during the blizzard. (verb-intransitive)
  • To hold stubbornly to a position. Usually used with down: "As the White House hunkered down, G.O.P. congressional unity started crumbling” ( Time). (verb-intransitive)
  • The haunches. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "hunker" in a sentence
  • "The entire country, it seems, is in hunker-down mode."
  • "You didn't use the word hunker and I'm very proud of you."
  • "I heard the word "hunker" = squat on your haunches (I think Richard Boone used that in a movie somewhere)."