hunker

verb
hun·​ker | \ ˈhəŋ-kər How to pronounce hunker (audio) \
hunkered; hunkering\ ˈhəŋ-​k(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce hunker (audio) \

Definition of hunker

intransitive verb

1 : crouch, squat usually used with down
2 : to settle in or dig in for a sustained period used with down hunker down for a good long waitNew Yorker

Examples of hunker in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With many lacking water, power or gas as the weather turned colder, residents on Saturday were trying to decide whether to hunker down or flee for motels or other cities. Morgan Watkins, The Courier-Journal, 12 Dec. 2021 When the COVID-19 pandemic pushed much of the world to hunker down at home, Zoom meetings quickly became the go-to for how people stayed in touch. Fortune, 7 Dec. 2021 Newborns are extremely portable, but the early days are an ideal time for the parents to hunker down, love on their new child, and adjust to parenthood. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, 3 Nov. 2021 For now, says Vandeput, the only possible strategy is to hunker down and hope to survive the barrage of negative attention. Joshua Hammer, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 Aug. 2021 Wised up to the mismatch, some of these veteran Bs would hunker down to learn Omicron’s features, then churn out more compatible antibodies. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 2 Dec. 2021 Newborns are extremely portable, but the early days are an ideal time for the parents to hunker down, love on their new child, and adjust to parenthood. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, 3 Nov. 2021 Newborns are extremely portable, but the early days are an ideal time for the parents to hunker down, love on their new child, and adjust to parenthood. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, 2 Nov. 2021 Newborns are extremely portable, but the early days are an ideal time for the parents to hunker down, love on their new child and adjust to parenthood. Washington Post, 2 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of hunker

1720, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hunker

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

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Last Updated

6 Jan 2022

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“Hunker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hunker. Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for hunker

hunker

verb

English Language Learners Definition of hunker

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

hunker

verb
hun·​ker | \ ˈhəŋ-kər How to pronounce hunker (audio) \
hunkered; hunkering

Kids Definition of hunker

: crouch entry 1 She hunkered in the tall grass.
hunker down
: to settle in for a long time He hunkered down for the winter.

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