hunch

/ˈhʌntʃ/

  • Verb
  • to bend your body forward and down so that your back is rounded
    1. The generals were hunched [=bent] over the table reading a map.
  • to raise (your shoulders or back) while bending your head forward especially to hide or protect your face
    1. He hunched his shoulders as he headed out into the storm.
  • Noun
  • a belief or idea about something (especially a future event) that is not based on facts or evidence
    1. My hunch is that the stock is going to go up in value.
    2. “How did you know I'd be here?” “It was just a hunch.”
    3. I had a hunch [=had a feeling] (that) I'd see you here.
    4. She was acting on a hunch. = (chiefly US) She was playing a hunch.