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Definition of hunch verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

hunch

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verb
BrE BrE//hʌntʃ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//hʌntʃ//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they hunch
BrE BrE//hʌntʃ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//hʌntʃ//
 
he / she / it hunches
BrE BrE//ˈhʌntʃɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhʌntʃɪz//
 
past simple hunched
BrE BrE//ˈhʌntʃt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhʌntʃt//
 
past participle hunched
BrE BrE//ˈhʌntʃt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhʌntʃt//
 
-ing form hunching
BrE BrE//ˈhʌntʃɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhʌntʃɪŋ//
 
Position and movement
 
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[intransitive, transitive] to bend the top part of your body forward and raise your shoulders and back (+ adv./prep.) She leaned forward, hunching over the desk. hunch something He hunched his shoulders and thrust his hands deep into his pockets. See related entries: Position and movement Word Origin late 15th cent.: of unknown origin. The original meaning was ‘push, shove’ (noun and verb), a sense retained now in Scots as a noun, and in US dialect as a verb. This sense of the noun probably derives from a US sense of the verb ‘nudge someone in order to draw attention to something’.Extra examples He hunched over the map. He hunched up his shoulders. She hunched forward to see the picture. She sat hunched on the bed all day.
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