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hunch

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verb \ˈhənch\

Definition of hunch

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to push or put (someone or something) in a rough, careless, or hasty manner :  thrust, shove I would hunch my chair … closer to my dear and only cronies — Mary Nash

  3. 2 :  to thrust or bend (someone or something) over into a humped or crooked position hunched his shoulders as he headed out into the storm sat hunched over the table reading a map kept his … body hunched slightly forward — Tennessee Williams

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to thrust oneself forward hunched along for a short spell of safe steps — T. B. Costain

  6. 2a :  to assume a bent or crooked posture folded his hands on the table and hunched forward — Hugh MacLennanb :  to draw oneself into a ball :  curl up hunch beneath the covers — Randall Jarrellc :  huddle, squat we hunched close to the damp earth — H. D. Skidmore the mountains hunched around the valley — Helen Rich

Examples of hunch in a Sentence

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

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

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Origin and Etymology of hunch

origin unknown


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hunch

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Definition of hunch

  1. 1 :  an act or instance of pushing someone or something in a rough or careless manner :  an act or instance of hunching (see 1hunch transitive) give him a good hunch with your foot — Abraham Tucker

  2. 2a :  a thick piece :  lump barter it for a hunch of cake — Flora Thompsonb :  a rounded mass :  hump his back carried a huge hunch — William Scoresby

  3. 3 :  a strong intuitive feeling concerning especially a future event or result had a hunch I would find you here

Examples of hunch in a Sentence

  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.

Recent Examples of hunch from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of hunch

see 1hunch



HUNCH Defined for English Language Learners

hunch

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verb

Definition of hunch for English Language Learners

  • : 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

hunch

noun

Definition of hunch for English Language Learners

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


HUNCH Defined for Kids

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hunch

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verb \ˈhənch\

Definition of hunch for Students

hunched

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hunching

  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.


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hunch

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noun

Definition of hunch for Students

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



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