[ huhch ]
/ hʌtʃ /


a pen or enclosed coop for small animals: rabbit hutch.
a chest, cupboard, bin, etc., for storage.
any of various chestlike cabinets, raised on legs and having doors or drawers in front, sometimes with open shelves above.
a small cottage, hut, or cabin.
a baker's kneading trough.


Nearby words

  1. huston, john,
  2. huswife,
  3. husák,
  4. hut,
  5. hut circle,
  6. hutcheson,
  7. hutchie,
  8. hutchins,
  9. hutchins, robert maynard,
  10. hutchinson

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) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for hutch


/ (hʌtʃ) /


a cage, usually of wood and wire mesh, for small animals
informal, derogatory a small house
a cart for carrying ore
a trough, esp one used for kneading dough or (in mining) for washing ore


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

Word Origin for hutch

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

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Word Origin and History for hutch



c.1200, "storage chest" (also applied to the biblical "ark of God"), from Old French huche, from Medieval Latin hutica "chest," of uncertain origin. Sense of "cupboard for food or dishes" first recorded 1670s; that of "box-like pen for an animal" is from c.1600.

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