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 push or shove.
a lump or thick piece.
- haunch, hunch
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How to use hunch in a sentence
On a hunch, she forwarded them to Fraser Hunter, an archaeologist and curator at the National Museum of Scotland.How Scotland forged a rare alliance between amateur treasure hunters and archaeologists | Corinne Iozzio | August 24, 2021 | Popular-Science
I felt more excitement than fear, and had a hunch that living here would help me know myself in a new way.I Thought I Was a Lifelong New Yorker, but Found Happiness in Reno | Svati Narula | August 12, 2021 | Outside Online
By the early 2000s, EMS became more popular among the fitness crowd, who zapped their muscles on a hunch that being jolted with electricity would increase their gains.Can Zapping Your Muscles Enhance Strength Training? | syadron | August 7, 2021 | Outside Online
Google has told us that filtering searches using this information isn’t possible right now, but that doesn’t mean that capability won’t eventually roll out — I have a strong hunch it will.Why search marketers don’t think a dedicated four-year degree is necessary; Thursday’s daily brief | George Nguyen | July 22, 2021 | Search Engine Land
My colleagues and I tested these hunches in a new study published in the journal Psychology of Men and Masculinities.Why Women Need Male Allies In The Workplace – And Why Fighting Everyday Sexism Enriches Men Too | LGBTQ-Editor | July 21, 2021 | No Straight News
An x-ray two hours later confirms my hunch: my tibia (the big bone behind the shin) is snapped clean in two.
On the other hand, I have a hunch that Lady Gaga will pay some heavy dues for this career move.
My hunch is that when you look at their most competitive races, women are not necessarily in the mix this year.Michelle Obama and the Top Women Smashing Fundraising Records | Patricia Murphy | September 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I have a hunch that our collective adoration of OITNB outweighs the love for it, or even awareness of it, among Emmy voters.
A federal agency simply has to “nominate” you if it has “reasonable suspicion”—which is slightly more than a hunch.Oregon Judge Grounds the Federal No-Fly List—and It’s High Time | Dean Obeidallah | June 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
All the domestic oxen without hunches have proceeded originally from the aurochs, and those with the hunch from the bison.Buffon's Natural History. Volume VIII (of 10) | Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon
After I had knelt to hold the lantern close to the rails of the rusty timber track I knew my hunch was all right.The Wreckers | Francis Lynde
I can't persuade myself that Perry's guilty, and I've a hunch that I'm now on the trail of the right man.The Winning Clue | James Hay, Jr.
On a hunch I dropped in an aluminum alkyl, and then pushed the polymerization along with both ultraviolet and heat.The Professional Approach | Charles Leonard Harness
He did not presume to understand women; he estimated her by a "hunch" as to whether she was good or bad.A Yankee from the West | Opie Read
British Dictionary definitions for hunch
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
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