See more synonyms for hunch on
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.
  3. a push or shove.
  4. a lump or thick piece.

Origin of hunch

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

Synonyms for hunch

See more synonyms for on Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for hunched

stoop, huddle, squat, lean, hump, curve, bow, tense, bend, arch

Examples from the Web for hunched

Contemporary Examples of hunched

Historical Examples of hunched

British Dictionary definitions for hunched


  1. an intuitive guess or feeling
  2. another word for hump
  3. 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

Word Origin for hunch

C16: of unknown origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for hunched


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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper