1. [syn: squat, crouch, scrunch, scrunch up, hunker, hunker down]
2. take shelter;
- Example: "During the sandstorm, they hunkered down in a small hut"
3. hold stubbornly to a position;
- Example: "The wife hunkered down and the husband's resistance began to break down"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Hunker down \Hun"ker down\, v.
1. to crouch or squat; to sit on one's haunches.
2. to settle in at a location for an extended period; -- also
(figuratively) to maintain a position and resist yielding
to some pressure, as of public opinion.
3. to take shelter, literally or figuratively; to assume a
defensive position to resist difficulties. "We hunkered
down to ride out the storm in an abandoned cabin."
While many businessmen were hunkering down for
another bust after the lean years of the Second
World War and the Great Depression before it, Taylor
and company correctly reckoned it was the dawn of an
era of prosperity and growth. --Richard
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
v 1: sit on one's heels; "In some cultures, the women give birth
while squatting"; "The children hunkered down to protect
themselves from the sandstorm" [syn: squat, crouch,
scrunch, scrunch up, hunker, hunker down]
2: take shelter; "During the sandstorm, they hunkered down in a
3: hold stubbornly to a position; "The wife hunkered down and
the husband's resistance began to break down"