hunch

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.

Primary Meanings of hunch

1.
n
an impression that something might be the case
2.
vn
round one's back by bending forward and drawing the shoulders forward
the act of bending yourself into a humped position
Full Definitions of hunch
1

n an impression that something might be the case

Synonyms:
intuition, suspicion
Types:
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

v round one's back by bending forward and drawing the shoulders forward

Synonyms:
hump, hunch forward, hunch over
Type of:
change posture
undergo a change in bodily posture

n the act of bending yourself into a humped position

Type of:
bending
the act of bending something

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