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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 hunching
Historical Examples
  • hunching his shoulders up against the blast, he hurried back to the subway.

  • Keep the head down—tight with the left—no hunching—pivot on the hips.

    Ade's Fables George Ade
  • Then I saw Snell hunching down on a bench, a nerveless and shaken man if there ever was one.

  • Presently they sought their blankets, leaving Gulden hunching there silent in the gloom.

    The Border Legion Zane Grey
  • Meanwhile, there was Elmer hunching his way along the hall toward the moving object in white that had so mystified them.

  • Then hunching his shoulders, turned inland, and took the field path.

    Lady Cassandra Mrs George de Horne Vaizey
  • hunching his shoulders, he rammed back against the guard holding him, sending him tumbling.

    Next Door, Next World Robert Donald Locke
  • He shook Farrell off—as it were—with a hunching movement of the shoulder, and turned to me.

    Foe-Farrell Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • "Ask him," said Ben Weatherstaff, hunching his shoulders toward the robin.

    The Secret Garden Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Pender hesitated a moment for words, casting about with his hands in the air and hunching his shoulders.

British Dictionary definitions for hunching

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
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Word Origin and History for hunching

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).

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Slang definitions & phrases for hunching

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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