[ hawnch, hahnch ]
/ hɔntʃ, hɑntʃ /
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.
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Origin of haunch
1150–1200; Middle English haunche<Old French hanche<Germanic; compare Middle Dutch hanke haunch, hip, German Hanke haunch
OTHER WORDS FROM haunchhaunched, adjectivehaunchless, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH haunchhaunch , hunch
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How to use haunch in a sentence
The ravens hovered about the place and wise gray wolves sat haunched in a still larger ring without.
It was a big gray wolf, standing with back haunched and head down, watching and scenting something beyond.
Between the two is a marble-topped console, with haunched gilt legs ending in sphinx claws.
A haunched mortise-and-tenon is made by cutting away part of the tenon so that that part of it will be much shorter than the rest.
British Dictionary definitions for haunch
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
Derived forms of haunchhaunched, adjective
Word Origin for haunch
C13: from Old French hanche; related to Spanish, Italian anca, of Germanic origin; compare Low German hanke
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