Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary
1

hunch

play
verb \ˈhənch\

Simple Definition of hunch

  • : to bend your body forward and down so that your back is rounded

  • : to raise (your shoulders or back) while bending your head forward especially to hide or protect your face

Full Definition of hunch

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  jostle, shove

  3. 2 :  to thrust or bend over into a humped or crooked position

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to thrust oneself forward

  6. 2 a :  to assume a bent or crooked posture b :  to draw oneself into a ball :  curl up c :  huddle, squat

Examples of hunch

  1. He hunched his shoulders as he headed out into the storm.

  2. <he hunched next to a bush to avoid being seen>



Origin of hunch

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1581

Rhymes with hunch


2

hunch

noun

Simple Definition of hunch

  • : a belief or idea about something (especially a future event) that is not based on facts or evidence

Full Definition of hunch

  1. 1 :  an act or instance of hunching :  push

  2. 2 a :  a thick piece :  lump b :  hump

  3. 3 :  a strong intuitive feeling concerning especially a future event or result

Examples of hunch

  1. My hunch is that the stock is going to go up in value.

  2. How did you know I'd be here? It was just a hunch.



1630

First Known Use of hunch

1630



HUNCH Defined for Kids

1

hunch

play
verb \ˈhənch\

Definition of hunch

hunchedhunch·ing

  1. 1 :  to bend the body into an arch or hump <Don't hunch over when you walk.>

  2. 2 :  to draw up close together or into an arch <The cat hunched its back.>




2

hunch

play
noun

Definition of hunch

  1. :  a strong feeling about what will happen <I have a hunch she will forgive him.>





Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up hunch? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 13, 2016

a trying or distressing experience

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image33683556

How much does a batman (the Turkish unit of measurement) weigh?

100 pounds 2.2 pounds 16.96 pounds 196.5 pounds
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ