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hunch

[ huhnch ]
/ hʌntʃ /
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verb (used with object)
to thrust out or up in a hump; arch: to hunch one's back.
to shove, push, or jostle.
verb (used without object)
to thrust oneself forward jerkily; lunge forward.
to stand, sit, or walk in a bent posture.
noun
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Origin of hunch

1590–1600; 1900–05 for def. 5; apparently variant of obsolete hinch to push, shove, kick < ?

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH hunch

haunch, hunch
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British Dictionary definitions for hunch

hunch
/ (hʌntʃ) /

noun
an intuitive guess or feeling
another word for hump
a lump or large piece
verb
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 for hunch

C16: of unknown origin
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