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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.



hutch (plural hutches)

  1. A cage for keeping rabbits, guinea pigs, 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 []
  2. A piece of furniture in which items may be displayed.
  3. A measure of two Winchester bushels.
  4. (mining) The case of a flour bolt.
  5. (mining) A car on low wheels, in which coal is drawn in the mine and hoisted out of the pit.
  6. (mining) A jig or trough for ore dressing or washing ore.
  7. 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.
    • Milton
      She hutched the [] ore.
  2. (mining, transitive) To wash (ore) in a box or jig.