haunch

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noun \ˈhȯnch, ˈhänch\

Definition of haunch

  1. 1a :  hip 1ab :  hindquarter 2 —usually used in plural

  2. 2 :  hindquarter 1

  3. 3 :  either side of an arch between the springing and the crown

on one's haunches

  1. :  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. 1 :  hindquarter The dog sat on its haunches.

  2. 2 :  the upper part of a person's thigh together with the back part of the hip



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