- 1Raise (one’s shoulders) and bend the top of one’s body forward: Eliot hunched his shoulders against a gust of snowMore example sentences
- Don't bring the leg in so far it bends or hunch your shoulders; this stresses the hamstrings and the spine and neck.
- His shoulders were hunched over and his eyes tried to stay open.
- I smile, appeased and amused, when I realize that he's actually ducking, and his broad shoulders are hunched over.
- 1.1 [no object] Sit or stand with one’s shoulders raised and the top of one’s body bent forward: he hunched over his glassMore example sentences
- I hunched up my body and put the towel over my self in protection.
- Unable to stand it, he hunched over completely, forehead touching the surface of the altar as he fought to control his cries of anguish.
- The beady eyes of the swarthy man focused on his like a snake upon its prey, and he hunched up, balling his fists, his body lean and ornery.
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- 1A feeling or guess based on intuition rather than fact: I have a hunch that someone is telling liesMore example sentences
- It is only where the decision is clearly random, or based on a hunch or prejudice, that the officer's action is likely to be regarded as unreasonable.
- Based on a hunch, the lawyer asked if the widow had been born a woman.
- Drake and Emily thought it was lunchtime, based on vague hunches and guessing, but mostly on the fact that they were hungry.
- 2A humped position or thing: the hunch of his backMore example sentences
- This first hunch when done correctly will put you in a butterfly position and will utilize the large latissimus muscles of the back.
- 3 • dialect A thick piece; a hunk: a hunch of breadMore example sentences
- She blew a kiss to Wolf, called him little robber, and slid a wooden platter between the bars of the cage: two steaming lumps of goat's flesh, with a hunch of bread and a flask of wine.
late 15th century: 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. Sense 1 of the noun derives probably from a US sense of the verb 'nudge someone in order to draw attention to something'.