[hawnch, hahnch]


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 formshaunched, adjectivehaunch·less, adjective
Can be confusedhaunch hunch
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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.

    Woodwork Joints

    William Fairham

  • This type of tenon is often used at the corner of a frame, and it then requires to be haunched.

    Woodwork Joints

    William Fairham

  • Men and women were haunched about the fire, above which simmered several pots with the savory odor of cooking meat.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for haunched



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 Formshaunched, 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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Word Origin and History for haunched



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.

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