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hunch

[huhnch] /hʌntʃ/
verb (used with object)
1.
to thrust out or up in a hump; arch:
to hunch one's back.
2.
to shove, push, or jostle.
verb (used without object)
3.
to thrust oneself forward jerkily; lunge forward.
4.
to stand, sit, or walk in a bent posture.
noun
5.
a premonition or suspicion; guess:
I have a hunch he'll run for reelection.
6.
a hump.
7.
a push or shove.
8.
a lump or thick piece.
Origin of hunch
1590-1600
1590-1600; 1900-05 for def 5; apparently variant of obsolete hinch to push, shove, kick < ?
Can be confused
haunch, hunch.
Synonyms
5. surmise, feeling, theory, conjecture.
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Examples from the Web for hunched
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  • He was hunched over a typewriter, laboriously poking at the keys with the index finger of each hand.

    The Gray Phantom Herman Landon
  • Wallie covered his mouth with his hand and hunched his shoulders.

    The Dude Wrangler Caroline Lockhart
  • Jasper Fay sat down on the bench as he had sat down on it many a time before, hunched and weary.

  • He hunched closer to his table as if to draw away from the woman.

    A Filbert Is a Nut Rick Raphael
  • When he saw he was to get neither, he hunched his lame hip; scratched his head, balanced the sawbuck, and shuffled away.

    The Madigans Miriam Michelson
British Dictionary definitions for hunched

hunch

/hʌntʃ/
noun
1.
an intuitive guess or feeling
2.
another word for hump
3.
a lump or large piece
verb
4.
to bend or draw (oneself or a part of the body) up or together
5.
(intransitive) usually foll by up. to sit in a hunched position
Word Origin
C16: of unknown origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for hunched

hunch

originally (c.1500) a verb, "to push, thrust," of unknown origin. Meaning "raise or bend into a hump" is 1670s. Perhaps a variant of bunch. The noun is attested from 1620s, originally "a push, thrust." Figurative sense of "hint, tip" (a "push" toward a solution or answer), first recorded 1849, led to that of "premonition, presentiment" (1904).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for hunched

hunch

modifier

: This was too good a hunch play to let drop

noun

An intuitive premonition; a shrewd idea or notion: I gotta hunch she won't come back

verb

: As I hunch it, the answer is triple

[1904+; said to be fr a gamblers' belief that touching a hunchback's hump would bring good luck]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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