verb (used with object)
to thrust out or up in a hump; arch: to hunch one's back.
to shove, push, or jostle.
verb (used without object)
to thrust oneself forward jerkily; lunge forward.
to stand, sit, or walk in a bent posture.
a premonition or suspicion; guess: I have a hunch he'll run for reelection.
a hump.
a push or shove.
a lump or thick piece.

1590–1600; 1900–05 for def 5; apparently variant of obsolete hinch to push, shove, kick < ?

haunch, hunch.

5. surmise, feeling, theory, conjecture. Unabridged
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hunch (hʌntʃ)
1.  an intuitive guess or feeling
2.  another word for hump
3.  a lump or large piece
vb (usually foll by up)
4.  to bend or draw (oneself or a part of the body) up or together
5.  to sit in a hunched position
[C16: of unknown origin]

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Word Origin & History

originally (1581) a verb, "to push, thrust," of unknown origin. Meaning "raise or bend into a hump" is 1598, in hunchbacked. Perhaps a variant of bunch. Figurative sense of "hint, tip" (a "push" toward a solution or answer), first recorded 1849, led to that of "premonition, presentiment" (1904).
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Example sentences
Lab rodents were the first trial subjects to test the idea, but studies in humans have backed up the hunch.
There's no better feeling in fantasy than having a hunch about a prospect who comes up big for you during the season.
On that hunch she initiated a guest-speaker program that immediately ignited
  postings and increased list subscriptions.
Too often in experimental psychology the results merely serve to validate a
  hunch rather than prove a relationship.
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