Definition of hunkers in English:


plural noun

  • Haunches.

    ‘he was sitting on his hunkers’
    • ‘He started in on the chorus again, crouching low on his hunkers at the side of the stage, looking down on the crowd.’
    • ‘They only dried up when the women, quite forcefully, had Mary sit down on her hunkers in water that was already there and so couldn't have been much warmer than the stream outside.’
    • ‘I was joined on my hunkers by a number of other diners, but we resisted the temptation to start a Russian folk dance as we strained to view what was on offer.’
    • ‘Rebekah got down on her hunkers beside one of the lemurs and she patted him.’


Mid 18th century (originally Scots): from hunker.