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.
- To squat close to the ground; crouch. Usually used with down: hunkered down to avoid the icy wind.
- To take shelter, settle in, or hide out. Usually used with down: hunkered down in the cabin during the blizzard.
- To hold stubbornly to a position. Usually used with down: "As the White House hunkered down, G.O.P. congressional unity started crumbling” ( Time).
- The haunches.