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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An intuitive feeling or a premonition.
  • noun A hump.
  • noun A lump or chunk.
  • noun A push or shove.
  • intransitive verb To bend or draw up into a hump.
  • intransitive verb To push or shove.
  • intransitive verb To assume a crouched or cramped posture.
  • intransitive verb To thrust oneself forward.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A hump; a protuberance: as, the hunch of a camel.
  • noun A thick piece; a hunk; a lump: as, a hunch of cheese.
  • noun A push or jog with the fist or elbow, or by a cow with the horn.
  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Origin unknown.]

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