from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A pen or coop for small animals, especially rabbits.
  • n. A cupboard with drawers for storage and usually open shelves on top, often used for dishes.
  • n. A chest or bin for storage.
  • n. A hut.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A cage in which a rabbit or rabbits are kept.
  • n. A piece of furniture in which items may be displayed
  • v. To hoard or lay up, in a chest.
  • v. To wash (ore) in a box or jig.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A chest, box, coffer, bin, coop, or the like, in which things may be stored, or animals kept
  • n. A measure of two Winchester bushels.
  • n. The case of a flour bolt.
  • n.
  • n. A car on low wheels, in which coal is drawn in the mine and hoisted out of the pit.
  • n. A jig for washing ore.
  • v. To place in huts; to live in huts.
  • transitive v. To hoard or lay up, in a chest.
  • transitive v. To wash (ore) in a box or jig.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To hoard or lay up, as in a chest.
  • In mining, to wash, as ore, in a tub or hutch.
  • To shrug.
  • n. A chest, box, coffer, bin, or other receptacle in which things may be stored: as, a grain-hutch.
  • n. A bakers' kneading-trough.
  • n. A box or trough used in connection with certain ore-dressing machines.
  • n. A low-wheeled wagon in which coal is drawn up out of the pit.
  • n. As a measure: A measure of two Winchester bushels.
  • n. In Renfrewshire, Scotland, two hundred-weight of pyrites.
  • n. The casing of a flourbolt.
  • n. A box, coop, or pen in which a (small) animal is confined: as, a rabbit-hutch.
  • n. A fisherman's shanty.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a cage (usually made of wood and wire mesh) for small animals
  • n. small crude shelter used as a dwelling


Middle English huche, chest, from Old French, from Medieval Latin hūtica, possibly of Germanic origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English hucche ("storage chest"), variation of Middle English whucce from Old English hwicce, hwice "box, chest". Spelling influenced by unrelated Old French huche ("chest"), from Medieval Latin hūtica, from a different Germanic root, from Frankish *hutta, from Proto-Germanic *hudjā-, *hudjan- (“box, hut, hutch”). Akin to Old English hȳdan "to conceal, hide". More at hide (Wiktionary)


  • Sometimes when I'm watching a home design show, I hear them use the word hutch to describe a cabinet-type piece of furniture that goes in a kitchen or living room.

    I seen

  • And the room features a closet that was converted into a built-in hutch (of sorts); this serves as the command center for our family-centered learning project, housing such tools as the microscope, globes, atlases, timelines, binoculars, art supplies, crafts, etc.

    The library

  • Each hutch is generally eighteen inches high, and about three feet wide.

    The Lady's Country Companion: or, How to Enjoy a Country Life Rationally

  • On the table in the window of his attic study - the place that he calls his "hutch" - there are three piles of poetry books: he wants to pass on good first editions of his life's work to his children.

    The Guardian World News

  • Thanks to the efforts of Miss Rio and her beautiful back up geek squad and Stark and hutch aka Sagem and JARED.

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  • Comparison of notes between Mr. Snagsby and the proprietress of the house — a drunken face tied up in a black bundle, and flaring out of a heap of rags on the floor of a dog – hutch which is her private apartment — leads to the establishment of this conclusion.

    Bleak House

  • We sat down in the "hutch," as they call it, before a cheery wood-fire, and soon forgot all about the outside rain.

    Acadia or, A Month with the Blue Noses

  • At the foot of the latter stood the huge "hutch," or chest, in which were deposited for safety the family plate and valuables.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 109, November, 1866

  • The man leaned over and pulled up the front of a kind of hutch in the corner.

    The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

  • Ben threw open the door, and displayed to view a low kind of hutch, without any other light than that between the crevices of the logs.

    Dred; A Tale of the Great Dismal Swamp. Vol. I


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