noun \ˈhnch, ˈhänch\

: the upper part of a person's or animal's leg; especially : the upper part of an animal's rear leg used as meat

Full Definition of HAUNCH

a :  hip 1a
b :  hindquarter 2 —usually used in plural
:  hindquarter 1
:  either side of an arch between the springing and the crown
on one's haunches
:  in a squatting position

Origin of HAUNCH

Middle English haunche, from Anglo-French hanche, haunche, of Germanic origin; akin to Middle Dutch hanke haunch
First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with HAUNCH


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