hunch

  • 1 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

  • 2 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;… …

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  • 3 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

  • 4 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… …

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  • 5 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,… …

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  • 6 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

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

    Law dictionary

  • 8 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

  • 9 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

  • 10 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

  • 11 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

  • 12 hunch — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun ADJECTIVE ▪ strong (esp. AmE) VERB + HUNCH ▪ have ▪ I had a hunch that she was not telling the truth. ▪ act on, follow …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 13 hunch — [[t]hʌ̱ntʃ[/t]] 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… …

    English dictionary

  • 14 hunch — 1 noun (C) a feeling that something is true or that something is happening, even though you have very little information about it: “How did you know that Campbell was a murderer?” “Oh, it was just a hunch.” | have a hunch (that): I had a hunch… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 hunch — I UK [hʌntʃ] / US noun [countable, usually singular] Word forms hunch : singular hunch plural hunches a feeling that something is true or will happen, although you do not know any definite facts about it II UK [hʌntʃ] / US verb… …

    English dictionary

  • 16 hunch — 1. noun a) A stooped or curled posture; a slouch. The old man walked with a hunch. b) A theory, idea, or guess …

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  • 17 hunch — /hʌntʃ / (say hunch) verb (t) 1. to thrust out or up in a hump: to hunch one s back. –verb (i) Also, hunch up. 2. to walk, sit, or stand in a bent position. –noun 3. a hump. 4. Colloquial a premonition or suspicion. 5. a lump or thick piece.… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 18 hunch — hunch1 [ hʌntʃ ] noun count usually singular a feeling that something is true or will happen, although you do not know any definite facts about it hunch hunch 2 [ hʌntʃ ] verb intransitive or transitive often passive to sit or stand with your… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 19 hunch — 1. verb 1) he hunched his shoulders Syn: arch, curve, hump, bend, bow Ant: straighten 2) I hunched up as small as I could Syn: crouch, huddle …

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  • 20 hunch — Synonyms and related words: arch, bend, bend back, bilge, blain, bleb, blind guess, blister, blob, bold conjecture, boss, bow, bubble, bulb, bulge, bulla, bump, bunch, burl, button, cahot, chine, chunk, clod, clump, condyle, conjecture, convex,… …

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