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Pronunciation: (hung'kur), [key]
1. to squat on one's heels (often fol. by down).
2. Informal.
a. to hunch: The driver hunkered over the steering wheel.
b. to hide, hide out, or take shelter (usually fol. by down): The escaped convicts hunkered down in a cave in the mountains.
c. to hold resolutely or stubbornly to a policy, opinion, etc., when confronted by criticism, opposition, or unfavorable circumstances (usually fol. by down): Though all the evidence was against him, he hunkered down and refused to admit his guilt.
3. Slang.to lumber along; walk or move slowly or aimlessly.

1. hunkers,one's haunches.
2. on one's hunkers,
a. Brit. Informal.squatting on one's heels.
b. suffering a period of poverty, bad luck, or the like.


Pronunciation: (hung'kur), [key]
a member of the conservative faction in the Democratic party in New York State, 1845–48. Cf. Barnburner.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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