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hunch

verb \ ˈhənch \
Updated on: 13 Dec 2017

Definition of hunch

transitive verb
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
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
intransitive verb
1 : to thrust oneself forward
  • hunched along for a short spell of safe steps
  • —T. B. Costain
2 a : to assume a bent or crooked posture
  • folded his hands on the table and hunched forward
  • —Hugh MacLennan
b : to draw oneself into a ball : curl up
  • hunch beneath the covers
  • —Randall Jarrell
c : 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

Recent Examples of hunch from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of hunch

origin unknown

hunch Synonyms

Synonyms
couch, huddle, crouch, hunker (down), scrunch, squat, squinch
Related Words
curl up

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hunch

noun

Definition of hunch

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 a : a thick piece : lump
  • barter it for a hunch of cake
  • —Flora Thompson
b : a rounded mass : hump
  • his back carried a huge hunch
  • —William Scoresby
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

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

verb \ ˈhənch \

Definition of hunch for Students

hunched; hunching
1 : to bend the body into an arch or hump
  • Don't hunch over when you walk.
2 : to draw up close together or into an arch
  • The cat hunched its back.

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hunch

noun

Definition of hunch for Students

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


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