a feeling that something is true even though you do not have any evidence to prove it It seemed that the doctor's hunch had been right. My hunch is that the burglars are still in the area. I had a hunch (that) you’d be back. to follow/back your hunches 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 decided to back his hunches with serious money. Her hunches were confirmed the next day. I called on a hunch to ask if he had any work for me. I decided to follow my hunch and come and see you. I had a hunch that she was not telling the truth. They now have a database of information to back their hunches about customers’ preferences. I didn’t know for certain—I was just going on a hunch. I had a hunch that you might be here. The detective’s hunch had been right.