hunch

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

haunch, hunch.


5. surmise, feeling, theory, conjecture.
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hunch (hʌntʃ)
 
n
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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hunch
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
Head down, hunched over, hardly seeing where he's going.
He hunched over the radio for details as he buckled on his gun belt, intending
  to drive to the scene to provide backup.
Hunched over a spiral notebook, she wrote page after page, a missive to the
  beyond.
The birds are still roosting in the water, hunched against the cold.
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