hunched


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hunch

 (hŭnch)
n.
1. An intuitive feeling or a premonition: had a hunch that he would lose.
2. A hump.
3. A lump or chunk: "She ... cut herself another hunch of bread" (Virginia Woolf).
4. A push or shove.
v. hunched, hunch·ing, hunch·es
v.tr.
1. To bend or draw up into a hump: I hunched my shoulders against the wind.
2. To push or shove.
v.intr.
1. To assume a crouched or cramped posture: The cat hunched in a corner.
2. To thrust oneself forward.

[Origin unknown.]

hunched

(hʌntʃt)
adj
(of a person) leaning forwards with their shoulders raised and their head down, or (of shoulders, etc) in the posture adopted by a hunched person
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.hunched - having the back and shoulders rounded; not erect; "a little oldish misshapen stooping woman"
unerect - not upright in position or posture
Translations

hunched

[ˈhʌntʃt] adj [figure, person] → recroquevillé(e); [shoulders, back] → voûté(e)
He sat hunched in a corner → Il était assis recroquevillé dans un coin.
to sit hunched over sth → être penché(e) sur qch, être courbé(e) sur qch

hunched

[ˈhʌntʃt] adjincurvato/a
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They both shouted together, as if to drown my voice; and behind them lowered the staring faces of the Beast Men, wondering, their deformed hands hanging down, their shoulders hunched up.
And suddenly I heard a yell, and saw a long tentacle reach- ing over the shoulder of the machine to the little cage that hunched upon its back.
Nevertheless, I put my light out early, and sat a long time peeping through my blind; but only an inevitable Tom, with back hunched up and tail erect, broke the moonlit profile of the back-garden wall; and once more that disreputable music (which none the less had saved my life) was the only near sound all night.
He sat hunched up in a corner of the carriage, the picture of mute discomfort and misery.
MILLIONS of us have sedentary jobs, often spending nine or 10 hours a day sitting hunched over a keyboard and staring at a screen.
It does no good to work out with weights or take exercise classes for an hour a few times a week if you're holding yourself with your head forward and shoulders hunched the rest of the time," de Mille warns.
Neighbour Adam Adkins, 42, said: "Both children were lying on the grass and the mum was hunched over them, wailing.
Maybe you're reading this at your computer, hunched over a keyboard, kneading some muscles that always feel stuck.
It does no good to stretch for 10 minutes or take an exercise class for an hour every few days if you're holding yourself with your head forward and shoulders hunched all the rest of the time, day in and day out," de Mille warns.
Avoid slumping in your chair, hunching over a desk or walking with your shoulders hunched.
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Andrea Giesbrecht sat silent, expressionless and hunched over as she made her first court appearance -- via video feed from the women's jail -- in connection with the six dead infants found in a Winnipeg storage locker.