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First published 1952 (SND Vol. III).
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COORIE-HUNKER, Courie-, Currie-, Curry-, n., v., adv. comb. Cf. Cuddiehunker. [kuri′hʌŋkər, kʌrɪ̢ —]

1. The hams (Bnff.2 1937).Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 35:
She wiz crulgin' on her currie-hunkers at the cheek o' the cutchick.

2. v. To squat on one's hams (Bnff.2 1937; Rnf.1 c.1920, courie-; Kcb.1 1937).Bnff.(D) 1924 M. Symon in Scots Mag. (June) 186:
The day, widin' amon' the puddock-peels an' rashes on Deveronside; the morn, curry-hunkerin' [on a horse] owre the cactus plains o' the michty Missouri.

3. adv. In a crouching position.Sc. 1909 Colville Studies in Lowland Scots 129:
Open snow-clad stretches were seamed with the sheen of slides, whereon in gleeful rows the boys careered, erect or hunker-tottie, the “coorie-hunker” of other dialects.

[From Coorie, above, and Hunker(s), q.v.]

Coorie-hunker n., v., adv. comb.

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