hunch

verb
\ˈhənch \
hunched; hunching; hunches

Definition of hunch 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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

2a : 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

hunch

noun

Definition of hunch (Entry 2 of 2)

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

2a : 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

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Examples of hunch in a Sentence

Verb

He hunched his shoulders as he headed out into the storm. he hunched next to a bush to avoid being seen

Noun

My hunch is that the stock is going to go up in value. “How did you know I'd be here?” “It was just a hunch.”
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Keep your back flat and gaze upward to avoid hunching forward. Philly.com, "A cardio circuit for people who hate running," 26 June 2018 Kuznetsov returned no worse for wear after exiting Game 2 hunched over with left arm pain, while bottom-line winger Devante Smith-Pelly provided the third goal Saturday for his fifth of the playoffs. Alex Prewitt, SI.com, "Alex Ovechkin 'Possessed' in High-Energy Game 3 Performance," 3 June 2018 The classes usually include exercises that make people stand up straight and open their chests because people with Parkinson’s tend to hunch over as their bodies weaken. Andrea K. Mcdaniels, baltimoresun.com, "Counter punches: Rock Steady Boxing helps manage symptoms of Parkinson's disease," 24 Apr. 2018 Make sure your core is tight, your chest is elevated, your shoulders are down and back (not hunched), and your head is naturally in line with your spine. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Chelsea Handler’s Total-Body Move Will Strengthen and Stabilize Your Core," 3 Apr. 2018 One whole page is filled with an oversize, hunched, anxious Porcupine, little paws seeming to flex and clench with existential dread. New York Times, "Brief Tales for New Readers and Little Listeners From Philip Stead and More," 29 June 2018 Some of them are hunched over tables chopping vegetables and meat. Elaine Heinzman, Smithsonian, "How Soup Nourishes Barcelona’s Tradition of Welcoming Immigrants," 30 June 2018 Her interpretation of the character had people hunched over in laughter. Kelyn Soong, chicagotribune.com, "She started acting at 88; 4 years later, she's recognized everywhere for 'Black Panther'," 26 Mar. 2018 Rows of workers are silently hunched over chattering sewing machines, others are ironing or stitching buttons. The Economist, "Culture and the labour market keep India’s women at home," 5 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Eve's hunches prove to be dangerously correct, as she's drawn further into the world of Villanelle, a glamorous but psychopathic killer based in Paris who performs hits for a clandestine Russian cabal. Author: Hank Stuever, Anchorage Daily News, "Summer is the right time for those TV shows you’ve heard about, but never got around to watching," 14 June 2018 The painter, her back to us, sits at an easel as her two roommates hunch at the table beside her. Cate Mcquaid, BostonGlobe.com, "A ThemToo movement for Parisian art," 14 June 2018 The Girls Trip actress appeared to indicate that the Beyhive was onto something with the hunch that actor Sanaa Lathan was the culprit behind Beyoncé’s face bite in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter . Cady Lang, Time, "Tiffany Haddish Says This Is Who Bit Beyoncé," 13 June 2018 My hunch is that Perez was mostly blowing off steam, which is fine enough. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "Mellinger Minutes: Sgt. Perez's lecture, the Chiefs' draft, Mahomes' future, KU's AD, and a Terez story | The Kansas City Star," 30 Apr. 2018 Sarri smokes, wears retro spectacles, and hunches over to jot down notes on a small pad during matches. Steve Douglas, chicagotribune.com, "Chelsea replace Conte with former Napoli boss Sarri," 14 July 2018 Eventually, the team got a hunch that maybe collecting too much loot within an Isz-type dungeon would lock them into the glitch. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "Bloodborne’s most hardcore players find new secrets three years after release," 20 June 2018 Charlise had a hunch that a larger party space meant more dollars for the shindig's beneficiary, Camp SAY: a Summer Camp for Young People who Stutter. Amber Elliott, Houston Chronicle, "George Springer's fourth annual All-Star Bowling Benefit raises record $250K for youth who stutter," 10 July 2018 Her doctors reportedly had a hunch that the large thigh tattoo might have had something to do with her symptoms, even though the link wasn’t clear. Brooke Bunce, Teen Vogue, "Tattoo May Have Caused Woman to Suffer Chronic Leg Pain," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of hunch

Verb

1581, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1630, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hunch

Verb

origin unknown

Noun

see hunch entry 1

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More Definitions for hunch

hunch

verb

English Language Learners Definition of hunch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

English Language Learners Definition of hunch (Entry 2 of 2)

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

hunch

verb
\ˈhənch \
hunched; hunching

Kids Definition of hunch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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.

hunch

noun

Kids Definition of hunch (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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