haunch

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noun \ ˈhȯnch , ˈhänch \

Definition of haunch

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

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Origin and Etymology of haunch

Middle English haunche, from Anglo-French hanche, haunche, of Germanic origin; akin to Middle Dutch hanke haunch


HAUNCH Defined for English Language Learners

haunch

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Definition of haunch for English Language Learners

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


HAUNCH Defined for Kids

haunch

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noun \ ˈhȯnch \

Definition of haunch for Students

1 :hindquarter
  • The dog sat on its haunches.
2 :the upper part of a person's thigh together with the back part of the hip


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