Definition of Hunker down

1. Verb. Sit on one's heels. "There hunker down some children in the rocking chair"; "The children hunkered down to protect themselves from the sandstorm"

Exact synonyms: Crouch, Hunker, Scrunch, Scrunch Up, Squat
Generic synonyms: Sit, Sit Down
Derivative terms: Squat, Squat, Squatting



2. Verb. Take shelter. "During the sandstorm, they hunkered down in a small hut"
Generic synonyms: Hide, Hide Out

3. Verb. Hold stubbornly to a position. "The wife hunkered down and the husband's resistance began to break down"

Definition of Hunker down

1. Verb. (idiomatic) To take shelter; to prepare oneself for some eventuality; to focus on a task. ¹

2. Verb. (idiomatic) To stubbornly hold to a position. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Hunker Down

hungred
hungrier
hungriest
hungrily
hungriness
hungrinesses
hungry
hungry(p)
hungry as a hog
hungry ghost
hungry ghosts
hunh
hunk of junk
hunker
hunker down (current term)
hunkered
hunkered down
hunkering
hunkerism
hunkers
hunkey
hunkeys
hunkier
hunkies
hunkiest
hunkily
hunkiness
hunkish
hunks

Literary usage of Hunker down

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1. Jamieson's Dictionary of the Scottish Language: In which the Words are by John Jamieson, John Johnstone (1867)
"To HUNKER down, vn 1. To squat down. Ross'ยป H. Gl. Shirr. 2. Metaph. used to denote the lowly appearance of a hut. A. Wilson's Poems. ..."

2. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1874)
"Requesting a neighbour, the only assistant I hud (for the patient was a lone, lorn old man), to "hunker down"by the bedside, the patient's legs were placed ..."

3. The Overland Monthly by Bret Harte (1875)
"... then to find a pebble more peculiar, and drop the first to take the second; now to hunker down and study the spikes upon a sleeping horned toad, ..."

4. Europe's Morning After by Kenneth Lewis Roberts (1921)
"They would stop before stone walls and rest their packs on the wall and hunker down to ease the strain on their aching backs. And then they would struggle ..."

5. Costa Rica by Bruce Conord (2006)
"Across the street, Cafe Maravillosa attracts locals with lower prices. Buy your Cafe Monteverde shade-grown Java there. Coffee up and hunker down at ..."

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