\ ˈhȯnch How to pronounce haunch (audio) , ˈhänch \

Definition of haunch

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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Examples of haunch in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The long-hood, short-deck proportions that have characterized all Z-cars is in play here, and the bulging rear haunches and modern-looking headlights give the new model an athletic stance. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, 28 May 2020 Its wide haunches, pavement-scraping nose, and aggressive headlights still project enough presence to get people's attention. Rich Ceppos, Car and Driver, 9 Apr. 2020 Its shape looks far more graceful than that, with a low nose, wide rear haunches, and smooth contouring. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, 5 Mar. 2020 Snapping her haunches side to side and crisscrossing her thighs with every step, Maldonado demonstrates a full-out, queen-of-the-catwalk strut, Naomi Campbell style. Washington Post, 7 June 2019 In a nondescript warehouse north of Dallas off U.S. Highway 75, hundreds of dinosaurs of all sizes are shifting around on their haunches and cocking their heads, waiting for the moment they’ll be released into the public. Dom Difurio, Dallas News, 23 Feb. 2020 The Mustang Mach-E features the Mustang’s signature rear-haunch design and trademark tri-bar tail lamps. NBC News, 18 Nov. 2019 Still, when the verbal dust settled, a judge issued a 190-page opinion that surely set the big utility back on its haunches. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, 16 Jan. 2020 Aside from its badging and performance, the Mach-E includes Mustang design aspects such as a long hood, rear haunch, aggressive headlights and trademark tri-bar taillamps. NBC News, 18 Nov. 2019

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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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“Haunch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/haunch. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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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


\ ˈhȯnch How to pronounce haunch (audio) \

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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