- to thrust out or up in a hump; arch: to hunch one's back.
- to shove, push, or jostle.
- to thrust oneself forward jerkily; lunge forward.
- to stand, sit, or walk in a bent posture.
- a premonition or suspicion; guess: I have a hunch he'll run for reelection.
- a hump.
- a push or shove.
- a lump or thick piece.
Origin of hunch
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Examples from the Web for hunch
An x-ray two hours later confirms my hunch: my tibia (the big bone behind the shin) is snapped clean in two.You’re Never ‘Cured’ of an Eating Disorder
December 20, 2014
On the other hand, I have a hunch that Lady Gaga will pay some heavy dues for this career move.Can Lady Gaga Do Jazz?
September 22, 2014
My hunch is that when you look at their most competitive races, women are not necessarily in the mix this year.Michelle Obama and the Top Women Smashing Fundraising Records
September 16, 2014
I have a hunch that our collective adoration of OITNB outweighs the love for it, or even awareness of it, among Emmy voters.Emmys 2014: Who Will and Who Should Be Nominated
July 9, 2014
A federal agency simply has to “nominate” you if it has “reasonable suspicion”—which is slightly more than a hunch.Oregon Judge Grounds the Federal No-Fly List—and It’s High Time
June 26, 2014
Then she cut a hunch off a great loaf, and put it beside the bowl on the dresser.Great Uncle Hoot-Toot
There must be some kind of head-an'-tail to the scent, that a-way, to give the dog the hunch.Faro Nell and Her Friends
Alfred Henry Lewis
But again that unexplainable, senseless "hunch" restrained him.
I always had a hunch that I would never play wig and ruffles.Blue-grass and Broadway
Maria Thompson Daviess
I had a hunch, and this astronomer chap has proved it correct with his mathematics.
- an intuitive guess or feeling
- another word for hump
- a lump or large piece
- to bend or draw (oneself or a part of the body) up or together
- (intr usually foll by up) to sit in a hunched position
Word Origin and History for hunch
originally (c.1500) a verb, "to push, thrust," of unknown origin. Meaning "raise or bend into a hump" is 1670s. Perhaps a variant of bunch. The noun is attested from 1620s, originally "a push, thrust." Figurative sense of "hint, tip" (a "push" toward a solution or answer), first recorded 1849, led to that of "premonition, presentiment" (1904).