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hutch

[huhch] /hʌtʃ/
noun
1.
a pen or enclosed coop for small animals:
rabbit hutch.
2.
a chest, cupboard, bin, etc., for storage.
3.
any of various chestlike cabinets, raised on legs and having doors or drawers in front, sometimes with open shelves above.
4.
a small cottage, hut, or cabin.
5.
a baker's kneading trough.
Origin of hutch
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English hucche, variant of whucce, Old English hwicce chest; not akin to Old French huge, huche (ch form apparently by contamination with English word)
Synonyms
1. cage, enclosure, cote.
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Examples from the Web for hutch
Historical Examples
  • They found John waiting for them, and he opened the door of the hutch.

    Golden Moments Anonymous
  • But when I went to my little room I did not mock Mrs. hutch.

    The Promised Land Mary Antin
  • It seemed not unreasonable that Mrs. hutch should have a craving for the rent as such.

    The Promised Land Mary Antin
  • I wanted to apologize, but Mrs. hutch didn't give me a chance.

    The Promised Land Mary Antin
  • He never will sleep anywhere except in that one corner of his hutch.

  • And what a wonderful evening we passed in that other hutch, before the blazing hearth-fire!

    Acadia Frederic S. Cozzens
  • When we are married—how strange and how delightful it sounds, hutch!

    The Uncle Of An Angel Thomas A. Janvier
  • Will you make this great sacrifice, hutch, for your old friend?

    The Uncle Of An Angel Thomas A. Janvier
  • Papa built a hutch for them, and they enjoyed their home very much.

  • So she went down to the hutch and watched them drink their milk.

British Dictionary definitions for hutch

hutch

/hʌtʃ/
noun
1.
a cage, usually of wood and wire mesh, for small animals
2.
(informal, derogatory) a small house
3.
a cart for carrying ore
4.
a trough, esp one used for kneading dough or (in mining) for washing ore
verb
5.
(transitive) to store or keep in or as if in a hutch
Word Origin
C14 hucche, from Old French huche, from Medieval Latin hutica, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for hutch
n.

c.1200, "storage chest" (also applied to the biblical "ark of God"), from Old French huche, from Medieval Latin hutica "chest," of uncertain origin. Sense of "cupboard for food or dishes" first recorded 1670s; that of "box-like pen for an animal" is from c.1600.

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