hunches, hunching, hunched
1) N-COUNT If you have a hunch about something, you are sure that it is correct or true, even though you do not have any proof. [INFORMAL]

I had a hunch that Susan and I would work well together...

Then Mr. Kamenar, acting on a hunch, ran a computer check at the Federal Election Commission.

2) VERB If you hunch forward, you raise your shoulders, put your head down, and lean forwards, often because you are cold, ill, or unhappy.

[V adv/prep] He got out his map of Yorkshire and hunched over it to read the small print.

3) VERB If you hunch your shoulders, you raise them and lean forwards slightly.

[V n] Wes hunched his shoulders and leaned forward on the edge of the counter.

English dictionary. 2008.


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  • Hunch — Hunch, n. [Perh. akin to huckle; cf. hump, hunch, bunch, hunk.] 1. A hump; a protuberance. [1913 Webster] 2. A lump; a thick piece; as, a hunch of bread. [1913 Webster] 3. A push or thrust, as with the elbow. [1913 Webster] 4. A strong, intuitive …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hunch — /hunch/, v.t. 1. to thrust out or up in a hump; arch: to hunch one s back. 2. to shove, push, or jostle. v.i. 3. to thrust oneself forward jerkily; lunge forward. 4. to stand, sit, or walk in a bent posture. n. 5. a premonition or suspicion;… …   Universalium

  • Hunch — Hunch, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Hunched}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Hunching}.] 1. To push or jostle with the elbow; to push or thrust suddenly. [1913 Webster] 2. To thrust out a hump or protuberance; to crook, as the back. Dryden. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hunch — may refer to:* An intuitive reckoning * A forward bend in one s body, such as that from a crushed vertebra * A parody of Derryn Hinch played by Steve Vizard on Australian television show Fast Forward * A Dance attributed to Hasil Adkins * The… …   Wikipedia

  • hunch — [n] feeling, idea anticipation, apprehension, auguration, augury, boding, clue, expectation, feeling in one’s bones*, foreboding, forecast, foreknowledge, forewarning, forewisdom, funny feeling*, glimmer, hint, impression, inkling, instinct,… …   New thesaurus

  • hunch — [hunch] vt. [< ?] to draw (one s body, etc.) up so as to form a hump; arch into a hump vi. 1. to move forward jerkily; push; shove 2. to sit or stand with the back arched n. 1. a hump 2. a chunk; lump; hunk ☆ 3 …   English World dictionary

  • hunch — index premonition Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • 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… …   Etymology dictionary

  • hunch — ► VERB ▪ raise (one s shoulders) and bend the top of one s body forward. ► NOUN ▪ a feeling or guess based on intuition. ORIGIN originally meaning «push, shove»: of unknown origin …   English terms dictionary

  • hunch — n. (colloq.) feeling suspicion 1) to play a hunch ( to act on the basis of a hunch ) 2) a hunch that (I have a hunch that she will not come) 3) on a hunch (she did it on a hunch) * * * [hʌntʃ] (colloq.) [ feeling ] [ suspicion ] to play a hunch ( …   Combinatory dictionary

  • hunch — hunch1 [hʌntʃ] n if you have a hunch that something is true or will happen, you feel that it is true or will happen →↑suspicion have a hunch (that) ▪ I had a hunch that something like this would happen. sb s hunch ▪ My hunch is that she s his… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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