- the hip.
- the fleshy part of the body about the hip.
- a hindquarter of an animal.
- the leg and loin of an animal, used for food.
- either side of an arch, extending from the vertex or crown to the impost.
- the part of a beam projecting below a floor or roof slab.
Origin of haunch
Examples from the Web for haunches
“He was so quick, he could get around you before you got off your haunches,” says one former teammate.Football Great Bob Suffridge Wanders Through the End Zone of Life
September 6, 2014
Face red, eyes bulging to the ceiling, she lifted the bar from its stand and then lowered herself onto her haunches.Sandy Koufax 2.0
July 11, 2012
And all the while the she-wolf sat on her haunches and smiled.White Fang
The teamster reined up, throwing his horses upon their haunches.The Law-Breakers
He shouted to them, and they sat down quietly on their haunches.Cossack Fairy Tales and Folk Tales
The horses sprang but were brought back upon their haunches.The Web of the Golden Spider
Frederick Orin Bartlett
Jud dropped my rein and wrenched the Cardinal around on his haunches.Dwellers in the Hills
Melville Davisson Post
- the human hip or fleshy hindquarter of an animal, esp a horse or similar quadruped
- the leg and loin of an animal, used for fooda haunch of venison
- Also called: hance architect the part of an arch between the impost and the apex
Word Origin and History for haunches
early 13c., from Old French hanche (12c.) "hip, thigh; haunch," from a Germanic source, perhaps Frankish *hanka (cf. Old High German hinkan "to limp," ancha "leg," literally "joint;" Middle Dutch hanke "haunch"). "It is only since the 18th c. that the spelling haunch has displaced hanch" [OED]. Related: Haunches.