- 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.
Words nearby haunch
Origin of haunch
OTHER WORDS FROM haunchhaunched, adjectivehaunch·less, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH haunchhaunch hunch
Examples from the Web for haunches
Face red, eyes bulging to the ceiling, she lifted the bar from its stand and then lowered herself onto her haunches.
They sat all over the floor on their haunches, men and women, staring at the bed.The Trembling of a Leaf|William Somerset Maugham
As he approached the chimney-side, a huge wolfhound lying upon the hearth half rose upon its haunches.The Red Tavern|Charles Raymond Macauley
There I saw him sitting on his haunches, and glaring savagely in a direction opposite to the one in which I was approaching.Stanley in Africa|James P. Boyd