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