hunker

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verb hun·ker \ˈhəŋ-kər\

Definition of hunker

hunkered

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hunkering

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  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 and Etymology 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 English Language Learners

hunker

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verb hun·ker \ˈhəŋ-kər\

Definition of hunker for English Language Learners

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


HUNKER Defined for Kids

hunker

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verb hun·ker \ˈhəŋ-kər\

Definition of hunker for Students

hunkered

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hunkering

  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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