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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 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>

Origin and Etymology of hunch

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1581


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hunch

noun

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 Thompson>b :  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.

Origin and Etymology of hunch

see 1hunch


First Known Use: 1630



HUNCH Defined for English Language Learners

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hunch

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verb \ˈhənch\

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


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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

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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