- The definition of a hunch is a feeling or a premonition about something, or an arched back while sitting or standing.
- An example of a hunch is a feeling about who stole the books.
- An example of a hunch is the shape of the back of someone who does not sit up straight while sitting.
- To hunch is defined as to bend over or crouch down.
An example of to hunch is to crouch down while sitting at the dinner table.
Origin of hunch; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
- to move forward jerkily; push; shove
- to sit or stand with the back arched
- a hump
- a chunk; lump; hunk
Origin of hunchfrom the superstition that touching a hunchback brings good luck a guess or feeling not based on known facts; premonition or suspicion
- An intuitive feeling or a premonition: had a hunch that he would lose.
- A hump.
- A lump or chunk: “She &ellipsis; cut herself another hunch of bread” (Virginia Woolf).
- A push or shove.
verbhunched, hunch·ing, hunch·es
- To bend or draw up into a hump: I hunched my shoulders against the wind.
- To push or shove.
- To assume a crouched or cramped posture: The cat hunched in a corner.
- To thrust oneself forward.
Origin of hunchOrigin unknown.
(third-person singular simple present hunchs, present participle hunching, simple past and past participle hunched)