\ˈhȯnch, ˈhänch\

Definition of haunch 

1a : hip sense 1a

b : hindquarter sense 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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The remarkable comeback complete, Belgian players mobbed the goal scorer while their Japanese opponents slumped to the ground, some to their haunches and others flat on their backs. Tariq Panja, New York Times, "World Cup 2018: Belgium Shocks Japan With Stunning Rally," 4 July 2018 The bear sat back on his haunches, his broad back leaning against the bars. Chicago Tribune, chicagotribune.com, "Algren Award runner-up: "Am I Not Your Animal" by Matt Jones," 2 June 2018 Small overhangs push the vehicle’s massive wheels to the corners, and flowing lines stretch from the perky front fenders to the arching rear haunches. Bradley Berman, Popular Mechanics, "The Jaguar I-PACE and the Juiced-Up Future of Going Off-Road," 25 June 2018 Drawing on the style of the vintage P1800 with a helping of American muscle—healthy haunches, slim windows—the two-door won much praise when Volvo brought it to the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. Jack Stewart, WIRED, "The Engineers Turning an Old Volvo Concept Into a $155,000 Hybrid," 18 June 2018 In the first, squire Pozzo eats a chicken haunch for lunch and, feeling garrulous, engages social inferiors Gogo and Didi in conversation. Tony Adler, Chicago Reader, "After all these years, we’re still Waiting for Godot," 30 May 2018 Sitting on a plywood table just outside his house were ruby-red caribou haunches curing in the sun. Zach Hughes, latimes.com, "Tanning seal hides on the edge of the world: A foothold in the global economy in rural Alaska," 2 May 2018 The sedan has a kind of muscular grace, which is most effective at the rear, where its high belt line, brawny haunches and swooping, vertical taillights mesh nicely. Daniel Miller, latimes.com, "The Genesis G90 is a luxurious opening act for the new brand — and definitely not a Hyundai," 11 May 2018 There's more than a hint of sedan in its extended nose and a flair of Veloster in its haunches. John Scott Lewinski, Ars Technica, "The Hyundai Kona: A well-equipped crossover starting at just $19,500," 30 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of haunch

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for haunch

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

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English Language Learners Definition of haunch

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


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Kids Definition of haunch

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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