hunch

[ 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.

noun


Nearby words

  1. humvee,
  2. hun,
  3. hun-tun,
  4. huna bay,
  5. hunan,
  6. hunchback,
  7. hunchback of notre dame, the,
  8. hunchbacked,
  9. hunched,
  10. hund.

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

/ (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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Word Origin and History for hunch

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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