Hunch
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 impression that something will happen; -- said to be from the gambler's superstition that it brings luck to touch the hump of a hunchback. [Colloq. or Slang] ``Get a hunch, bet a bunch.''

Syn: presentiment, premonition. [Webster 1913 Suppl. +PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • 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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