When you pose for pictures with short friends, you hunch over so you don't tower above them — you scrunch up your shoulders, bend your knees, and try to look smaller.

You can also have a hunch, which has nothing to do with scrunching. When you have a hunch about something, you think it might be true. Your dog bolts over the fence, and you have a hunch he's heading for the neighbor who feeds him pâté. Hunch is an odd word of unknown origin, which seems to have originally meant "to push or shove" — to nudge.

Definitions of hunch
  1. noun
    an impression that something might be the case
    synonyms: intuition, suspicion
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    bosom, heart
    the locus of feelings and intuitions
    type of:
    belief, feeling, impression, notion, opinion
    a vague idea in which some confidence is placed
  2. verb
    round one's back by bending forward and drawing the shoulders forward
    synonyms: hump, hunch forward, hunch over
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    type of:
    change posture
    undergo a change in bodily posture
  3. noun
    the act of bending yourself into a humped position
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    type of:
    the act of bending something
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