• WordNet 3.6
    • v hunker sit on one's heels "In some cultures, the women give birth while squatting","The children hunkered down to protect themselves from the sandstorm"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Hunker Originally, a nickname for a member of the conservative section of the Democratic party in New York; hence, one opposed to progress in general; a fogy.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • hunker To stoop with the body resting upon the calves of the legs; squat.
    • n hunker In American politics, a conservative; one who opposes innovation or change; a fogy: first applied in the State of New York as a name to the conservative section of the Democratic party who opposed the Barnburners or radical section, about 1845. Also used adjectively.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Hunker a conservative
    • v.i Hunker hungk′er (Scot.) to squat down
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
See Hunch.


In literature:

Yer whar Brer B'ar bin squattin' on he hunkers, en dar de print w'ich he ain't got no tail.
"Nights With Uncle Remus" by Joel Chandler Harris
Hunker reported that they had discovered no trace of the missing man.
"Frank Merriwell's Son" by Burt L. Standish
He was checking his small trail pack on the fourth day after they had settled on the plateau when Buck and Jil-Lee hunkered down beside him.
"The Defiant Agents" by Andre Alice Norton
Yer whar Brer B'ar bin squattin' on he hunkers, en dar de print w'ich he aint got no tail.
"Nights With Uncle Remus" by Joel Chandler Harris
He was hunkered down behind some rocks at the crest, peering over them at the valley below.
"Eight Keys to Eden" by Mark Irvin Clifton
He hunkered down facing her and laid the bird before her.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
They set at home on their hunkers till some feller comes and informs.
"Our Southern Highlanders" by Horace Kephart
I want ter try Hunker Creek.
"To Alaska for Gold" by Edward Stratemeyer
He squinted his eyes against the heat shimmer rising from the river, watching Sipar hunkered beside the water's edge.
"The World That Couldn't Be" by Clifford Donald Simak
He hunkered down into the stream and soaked himself.
"The Thing in the Attic" by James Benjamin Blish

In poetry:

All foolish, at their prayers,
Hunkering toward that light
From heaven bright and fair,
"The Runaways/ Les Effares" by Arthur Rimbaud
"And do you love me true?" she cried. "I love you as my life."
"How can you prove your love?" she sighed. "I beg you be my wife.
I stake big pay up Hunker way; some day I be so rich;
I make you shine in satins fine," said Riley Dooleyvitch.
"The Ballad Of Touch-The-Button Nell" by Robert W Service

In news:

Mexico's premier resort town, Cancún , hunkered down Wednesday, as Hurricane Rina gathered strength and menaced the island of Cozumel and the coast of the Yucatán Peninsula.
Without a shred of sympathy, state Gov Andrew Cuomo told municipal leaders last week to hunker down and deal with the hand they have been dealt.
Residents of the mid-Atlantic region are hunkering down, waiting for the brunt of Hurricane Sandy to strike.
Ready to hunker down for winter.
East begins to stir after 2 days of hunkering down.
INTERVIEWS How to Destroy Angels Hunker Down in Eerie, Rustic 'Ice Age' Video.
I love the phrase " hunker down.".
Netflix soars as Hurricane Sandy-shuttered viewers hunker down.
Evacuations ordered as residents hunker down.
Romney, Obama hunker down for debate prep.
(AP) — Nearing their first face-off, President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney are hunkering down for intense preparations ahead of Wednesday's presidential debate, where.
Candidates hunker down to prepare for debates.
Y@ Speak: The Hunker Games.
We're in " hunker -down phase".
Hunker Down for Isaac.