- 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 hunched
Her sunny, dimpled smile was betrayed by her hunched, buckled posture.The Young Girls Escaping the ISIS War
September 16, 2014
A photograph showed Bush hunched over an easel in what appears to be a home gym.This Is Where George W. Bush Paints
July 11, 2014
I can be hunched over, or push my chest out more and give Caesar strength and physicality.
A handful of young staffers lounged on couches or hunched over their computers at makeshift desks.Inside Uber’s Political War Machine
June 30, 2014
Furry walks slowly, hunched forward, as if sleep were a weight on his shoulders.Stanley Booth on the Life and Hard Times of Blues Genius Furry Lewis
June 7, 2014
"Don't set so hunched up," she whispered to her in a sharp hiss.Quaint Courtships
Josiah hunched me, he wanted me to cry there, at that place, but I wouldn't.Samantha Among the Brethren, Part 1.
Josiah Allen's Wife (Marietta Holley)
"I should be so ashamed," he muttered, with hanging head and hunched shoulders.A Nest of Spies
The sight of O'Moy's hunched attitude brought him instantly to his feet.The Snare
And then she told him, whilst he sat there hunched and shuddering.The Historical Nights' Entertainment
- 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 hunched
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).