hunch

verb
\ ˈhənch How to pronounce hunch (audio) \
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

Today, gaggles of French, English, Chinese and Indian students sit hunched over computers at cafes, chatting on Facebook or writing on Twitter. Dan Bilefsky, New York Times, "In Montreal, a Berlin Wall of the Mind?," 5 Mar. 2018 Williams, who was sitting nearby, hunched forward in her chair and roared with laughter while Rinaldi reached back and gave Poel a high five. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "After ‘a Lot of Ups and Downs,’ Serena Williams Nears Her Return," 9 Feb. 2018 In our modern lifestyle, many of us spend hours a day hunched over computers or cellphones, weakening our shoulders. Nicole Tsong, The Seattle Times, "For improved shoulder health, work yourself up to a pullup. Here’s how.," 15 Oct. 2018 But in the middle of this tumult, a woman hunched over an iPhone oozes calm. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "Bethenny Frankel Doesn't Need to Be Thanked. But She Wouldn't Mind a Little Gratitude From President Trump.," 14 Sep. 2018 The driver’s legs were pinned down by the car and were stuck in the passenger seat, while his upper body was hunched over the back seat, Loewen told the newspaper. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "New Orleans Saints player helps rescue man trapped in car after fall from parking garage," 17 July 2018 Hardy’s Brock is composed of weird facial tics, squeaky vocal inflections, and hunched body language. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Venom is a bizarre and baffling mess," 3 Oct. 2018 The third floor of Barstool is an open workspace with 20- and 30-somethings hunched over keyboards. Rick Maese, chicagotribune.com, "PFT Commenter rose from an internet 'cesspool' to podcasting glory. And no one knows who he is.," 21 May 2018 Ankylosing spondylitis, an inflammatory disease that can prompt some of the interlocking bones in the spine to fuse, can force a person to hunch over, the Mayo Clinic says. Korin Miller, SELF, "Here’s How to Actually Have Good Posture (and Why You Should Care)," 11 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

My current hunch is that, of the three, the Telesco-Spanos front office would opt for Evans. Tom Krasovic, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Will "Draft Night" cause Philip Rivers to look over shoulder? Not likely," 17 Apr. 2018 But to further corroborate their hunch, the team performed an evolutionary analysis using several other old strains of hepatitis B virus, and found that the virus itself evolves very slowly. Anchorage Daily News, "A mummified child’s remains show signs of a modern scourge," 7 Jan. 2018 The layers of red dry and build on one another, and for years the gap between ceiling and floor lessens; backs hunch as the mind saws downward, revealing rings. Gabrielle Bates, The New Yorker, "Strawberries," 4 June 2017 Taywan Taylor: Just a hunch, but let’s proclaim him the first of two face-melting sleepers. Gary Gramling, SI.com, "David Johnson Is No. 2, Be Patient and Wait for Luck and Mahomes, the Non-Saquon Rookie You Want," 6 July 2018 This sort of response underscores Cai’s hunch that shoppers respond to value, even if the products are brandless. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "Italic sells brandless luxury goods from manufactures for Celine, Prada, and Gucci.," 15 Nov. 2018 My own hunch is that Waymo will ultimately prove naysayers wrong. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Fully driverless Waymo taxis are due out this year, alarming critics," 1 Oct. 2018 Seven years later, Soghoian had a hunch about AppleScript's future. Jordan Mcmahon, WIRED, "How One Apple Programmer Got Apps Talking to Each Other," 2 June 2018 The findings bolster a hunch that cryptocurrency researchers have maintained for a while: The energy cost of Bitcoin is growing and getting bigger, as the coins' actual value remains unstable. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Mining For Bitcoin Can Require More Energy Than Actually Mining," 6 Nov. 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 and Noun

origin unknown

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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 How to pronounce hunch (audio) \
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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