A hunch is a guess or gut feeling about something. Often refered to as a gut feeling. Hunches are used by private investigators and other people who must often perform a job with little or no information.

Hunch (?), n. [Perh. akin to huckle; cf. hump, hunch, bunch, hunk.]

1.

A hump; a protuberance.

2.

A lump; a thick piece; as, a hunch of bread.

3.

A push or thrust, as with the elbow.

 

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Hunch, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Hunched (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Hunching.]

1.

To push or jostle with the elbow; to push or thrust suddenly.

2.

To thrust out a hump or protuberance; to crook, as the back. Dryden.

 

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Hunch, n.

A strong, intuitive impression that something will happen; -- said to be from the gambler's superstition that it brings luck to touch the hump of a hunchback. [Colloq. or Slang]

 

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