- 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 hunching
Keep the head down—tight with the left—no hunching—pivot on the hips.Ade's Fables
A little, whispering, hunching stir went through the courtroom.Back Home
Irvin S. Cobb
Presently they sought their blankets, leaving Gulden hunching there silent in the gloom.The Border Legion
Then hunching his shoulders, turned inland, and took the field path.Lady Cassandra
Mrs George de Horne Vaizey
He shook Farrell off—as it were—with a hunching movement of the shoulder, and turned to me.Foe-Farrell
Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
- 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 hunching
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).