[ huhnch ]
See synonyms for: hunchhunched on

verb (used with object)
  1. to thrust out or up in a hump; arch: to hunch one's back.

  2. to shove, push, or jostle.

verb (used without object)
  1. to thrust oneself forward jerkily; lunge forward.

  2. to stand, sit, or walk in a bent posture.

  1. a premonition or suspicion; guess: I have a hunch he'll run for reelection.

  2. a hump.

  1. a push or shove.

  2. a lump or thick piece.

Origin of hunch

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

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British Dictionary definitions for hunch


/ (hʌntʃ) /

  1. an intuitive guess or feeling

  2. another word for hump

  1. a lump or large piece

  1. to bend or draw (oneself or a part of the body) up or together

  2. (intr usually foll by up) to sit in a hunched position

Origin of hunch

C16: of unknown origin

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