Etymology
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hunch (v.)

"raise or bend into a hump," 1650s; earlier "to push, thrust" (c. 1500), of unknown origin. Perhaps a variant of bunch (v.). Related: Hunched; hunching.

hunch (n.)

1620s, "a push, thrust," from hunch (v.) in its older sense. Figurative sense of "a hint, a tip" (a "push" toward a solution or answer), first recorded 1849, led to that of "premonition, presentiment" (1904).

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Definitions of hunch
1
hunch (n.)
an impression that something might be the case;
Synonyms: intuition / suspicion
hunch (n.)
the act of bending yourself into a humped position;
2
hunch (v.)
round one's back by bending forward and drawing the shoulders forward;
Synonyms: hump / hunch forward / hunch over
From wordnet.princeton.edu