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[hawnch, hahnch] /hɔntʃ, hɑntʃ/
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.
  1. either side of an arch, extending from the vertex or crown to the impost.
  2. the part of a beam projecting below a floor or roof slab.
Origin of haunch
1150-1200; Middle English haunche < Old French hanche < Germanic; compare Middle Dutch hanke haunch, hip, German Hanke haunch
Related forms
haunched, adjective
haunchless, adjective
Can be confused
haunch, hunch. Unabridged
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  • McAuliffe was still squatting on his haunches near the burnt matting. '

    Menotah Ernest G. Henham
  • Deborah, standing near, with her hands on her haunches, laughed heartily.

    The Opal Serpent Fergus Hume
  • The Indians rode their ponies up to the heavy doors and threw them on their haunches against them.

    Thirty Years on the Frontier Robert McReynolds
  • It arched its neck back to almost touch its haunches, stiffened, and was still.

    Cat and Mouse Ralph Williams
  • He sat on his haunches and laughed at the audience, and pricked up his ears at the sound of a boy munching a biscuit in the pit.

  • The customer sits on his haunches while the operation is performed.

  • Suddenly, as though waking from a day-dream, he drew in his horse with such force as almost to throw it upon its haunches.

    Akbar P. A. S. van Limburg-Brouwer
  • The venison of the stag was excellent: the haunches were 45 lbs.

    The Forest of Dean H. G. Nicholls
British Dictionary definitions for haunches


the human hip or fleshy hindquarter of an animal, esp a horse or similar quadruped
the leg and loin of an animal, used for food: a haunch of venison
(architect) Also called hance. the part of an arch between the impost and the apex
Derived Forms
haunched, adjective
Word Origin
C13: from Old French hanche; related to Spanish, Italian anca, of Germanic origin; compare Low German hanke
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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