[ huhnch ]
/ hʌntʃ /

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.


Origin of hunch

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

Can be confused

haunch hunch Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for hunch

British Dictionary definitions for hunch


/ (hʌntʃ) /


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 for hunch

C16: of unknown origin
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