hun·​ker | \ ˈhəŋ-kər How to pronounce hunker (audio) \
hunkered; hunkering\ ˈhəŋ-​k(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce hunkering (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 downhunker down for a good long waitNew Yorker

Examples of hunker in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But many just tied down their boats, removed objects that could blow away from their yards, and hunkered down. Ben Finley, Anchorage Daily News, "Stranded North Carolinians take stock of Dorian’s damage as storm bands reach Nova Scotia," 7 Sep. 2019 After hearing the news about missing girls in her neighborhood, Aziya voluntarily skipped recess and hunkered down indoors to organize the march during the last days of the school year. Sydney Greene, Teen Vogue, "Chicago's Missing Black Women and Girls Prompted Aziya Roberts to Start Organizing," 27 July 2018 His graduation in 1991 coincided with a recession that saw accounting firms rescinding job offers and hunkering down. Tracey Lien,, "John Choi's journey from tax auditing to running 'man cave' grooming salons," 15 June 2018 Keith Barron is deep inside a Vatican library, hunkered over a 17th century tome bound in Moroccan red leather. Laura Millan Lombrana,, "He Struck It Rich in Ecuador. Now He’s Looking for the Lost Cities of Gold," 20 Dec. 2017 The 89-year-old actor is okay after hunkering down in his mansion in the Bahamas with his wife, painter Micheline Roquebrune, PEOPLE confirms. Alexia Fernandez,, "Sean Connery Says He’s 'Lucky' to Have Survived Hurricane Dorian at His Bahamas Mansion," 6 Sep. 2019 Don’t pull a cap over your eyes and hunker down in your chair. Fern Kupfer, Twin Cities, "Fern Kupfer: Tips for college: How to please your professor," 2 Sep. 2019 Instead of Labor Day barbecues, residents across Florida hunkered down in their shuttered homes, already stocked up on gas, water and snacks, glued to television news stations. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, "7-year-old boy dead, sister missing as Hurricane Dorian continues to bash Bahamas," 2 Sep. 2019 Among them, Joe Biden hunkered down for mock debates, Bernie Sanders has no interest in practice sessions and entrepreneur Andrew Yang was planning on trying to stay loose by playing some basketball. Dareh Gregorian, NBC News, "Democrats prep for debate: Watch the clock, no cursing, who will strike first," 12 Sep. 2019

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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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English Language Learners Definition of hunker

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


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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