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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An intuitive feeling or a premonition: had a hunch that he would lose.
  • n. A hump.
  • n. A lump or chunk: "She . . . cut herself another hunch of bread” ( Virginia Woolf).
  • n. A push or shove.
  • transitive v. To bend or draw up into a hump: I hunched my shoulders against the wind.
  • transitive v. To push or shove.
  • intransitive v. To assume a crouched or cramped posture: The cat hunched in a corner.
  • intransitive v. To thrust oneself forward.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A stooped or curled posture; a slouch.
  • n. A theory, idea, or guess.
  • n. A hunk (piece of something)
  • v. To slouch, stoop, curl, or lean.
  • v. To push or jostle with the elbow; to push or thrust suddenly.
  • v. To thrust out a hump or protuberance; to crook, as the back.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A hump; a protuberance.
  • n. A lump; a thick piece.
  • n. A push or thrust, as with the elbow.
  • n. 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.
  • transitive v. To push or jostle with the elbow; to push or thrust suddenly.
  • transitive v. To thrust out a hump or protuberance; to crook, as the back.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To round or thrust out or up in a protuberance; crook, as the back.
  • To push or thrust with the elbow or (as a cow) with the horn; jog; hook.
  • n. A hump; a protuberance: as, the hunch of a camel.
  • n. A thick piece; a hunk; a lump: as, a hunch of cheese.
  • n. A push or jog with the fist or elbow, or by a cow with the horn.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an impression that something might be the case
  • v. round one's back by bending forward and drawing the shoulders forward
  • n. the act of bending yourself into a humped position

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(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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