hunch

[huhnch]

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


Origin of hunch

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

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British Dictionary definitions for hunch

hunch

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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Word Origin and History for hunch

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).

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