From Middle English hucche (“storage chest”), variation of whucce, from Old English hwiċe, hwiċċe (“box, chest”). Spelling influenced by Old French huche (“chest”), from Medieval Latin hūtica, from a different Germanic root, from Frankish *hutta, from Proto-Germanic *hudjō, *hudjǭ (“box, hut, hutch”). Akin to Old English hȳdan (“to conceal; hide”). More at hide, hut.
hutch (plural hutches)
- A cage in which a rabbit or rabbits are kept.
- A piece of furniture in which items may be displayed.
- A measure of two Winchester bushels.
- (mining) The case of a flour bolt.
- (mining) A car on low wheels, in which coal is drawn in the mine and hoisted out of the pit.
- (mining) A jig or trough for ore dressing or washing ore.