- 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 haunched
Historical Examples of haunched
A Haunched Tenon as used at the end of a door frame is shown at Fig. 130.
This type of tenon is often used at the corner of a frame, and it then requires to be haunched.
Men and women were haunched about the fire, above which simmered several pots with the savory odor of cooking meat.Lords of the North
A. C. Laut
Haunched around the fires, the forlorn Indians looked and listened and shook their unkempt heads.The Conquest
Eva Emery Dye
A more complex centering is required where the slab has to be haunched around the I-beams.Concrete Construction
Halbert P. Gillette
- 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 for haunch
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.