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hunker

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verb hun·ker \ˈhəŋ-kər\

Simple Definition of hunker

  • : to lower your body to the ground by bending your legs

Full Definition of hunker

hun·keredhun·ker·ing play \-k(ə-)riŋ\

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  crouch, squat —usually used with down

  3. 2 :  to settle in or dig in for a sustained period —used with down <hunker down for a good long wait — New Yorker>

Origin of hunker

probably akin to Middle Dutch hucken, huken to squat, Middle Low German hōken to squat, peddle, Old Norse hūka to squat


First Known Use: 1720



HUNKER Defined for Kids

hunker

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verb hun·ker \ˈhəŋ-kər\

Definition of hunker

hun·keredhun·ker·ing

  1. :  1crouch <She hunkered in the tall grass.>

hunker down
  1. :  to settle in for a long time <He hunkered down for the winter.>





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