[ huhch ]
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  1. a pen or enclosed coop for small animals: rabbit hutch.

  2. a chest, cupboard, bin, etc., for storage.

  1. any of various chestlike cabinets, raised on legs and having doors or drawers in front, sometimes with open shelves above.

  2. a small cottage, hut, or cabin.

  3. a baker's kneading trough.

Origin of hutch

1275–1325; Middle English hucche, variant of whucce,Old English hwicce chest; not akin to Old French huge, huche (ch form apparently by contamination with English word)

Other words for hutch

Words Nearby hutch Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use hutch in a sentence

  • hutch is an old word for chest or coffer, chiefly used now in the compound ‘rabbit-hutch.’

    Milton's Comus | John Milton
  • And I suppose they've got a rabbit hutch, and a monkey, and some white mice?

    Quin | Alice Hegan Rice
  • I sat by the hutch and studied the interesting group till I was so stiff with cold that I could hardly walk back to my tent.

  • There was her bow standing in a nook beside the hutch, and the quiver of arrows hanging on the wall above it.

  • At the foot of the latter stood the huge "hutch," or chest, in which were deposited for safety the family plate and valuables.

British Dictionary definitions for hutch


/ (hʌtʃ) /

  1. a cage, usually of wood and wire mesh, for small animals

  2. informal, derogatory a small house

  1. a cart for carrying ore

  2. a trough, esp one used for kneading dough or (in mining) for washing ore

  1. (tr) to store or keep in or as if in a hutch

Origin of hutch

C14 hucche, from Old French huche, from Medieval Latin hutica, of obscure origin

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