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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.


  • IPA(key): /hʌtʃ/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ʌtʃ


hutch (plural hutches)

  1. A box, chest, crate, case or cabinet.
  2. A coop or cage for keeping small animals (rabbits, guinea pigs, dogs, etc).
    • 1960, Harper Lee, chapter 16, in To Kill a Mockingbird:
      To reach the courtroom, on the second floor, one passed sundry sunless county cubbyholes: the tax assessor,... the circuit clerk, the judge of probate lived in cool dim hutches that smelled []
  3. A piece of furniture in which items may be displayed.
  4. A cabinet for storing dishes.
  5. A piece of furniture (cabinet) to be placed on top of a desk.
  6. A measure of two Winchester bushels.
  7. (mining) The case of a flour bolt.
  8. (mining) A car on low wheels, in which coal is drawn in the mine and hoisted out of the pit.
  9. (mining) A jig or trough for ore dressing or washing ore.
  10. A baker's kneading-trough.



hutch (third-person singular simple present hutches, present participle hutching, simple past and past participle hutched)

  1. (transitive) To hoard or lay up, in a chest.
  2. (mining, transitive) To wash (ore) in a box or jig.
  3. (intransitive) This term needs a definition. Please help out and add a definition, then remove the text {{rfdef}}.
    • 1956, William Golding, Pincher Martin
      And the mind was very disinclined to hutch out of the crevice and face what must be done. [] He hauled himself out of the crevice and the air was warm so that he undressed to trousers and sweater. [] He hutched himself back against a rock with his legs sprawled apart.