\ 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

Examples of haunch in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Someone prepared the carcass; another person cut the left haunch; another was responsible for incisions along the shoulder. Charles Duhigg, The New Yorker, "Is Amazon Unstoppable?," 10 Oct. 2019 The former is a torpid scene of two young boys tending a ragged field alongside a bony horse with a US brand on its haunch — picking up the pieces in the immediate aftermath of a nation shattered by war. BostonGlobe.com, "CAMBRIDGE — “Winslow Homer: Eyewitness” begins with a gamut of the young artist’s fast-and-furious Civil War drawings, which were the visual meat of Harper’s Weekly’s reportage from the era. But really, that’s just curator Ethan Lasser clearing his throat.," 4 Oct. 2019 In each case, the lions perched on their haunches and stayed motionless for 30 to 40 seconds, staring at me — and then, without a snarl, slinked off to the side and disappeared into the wildlands. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "Mountain lion alert sent out for South Peninsula," 13 Sep. 2019 Bimbo said, and moved his haunches so Softly could get in. Colin Barrett, Harper's magazine, "The Alps," 22 July 2019 In a back room, six nude-colored bodysuits, designed to simulate a potbelly and thick haunches, hang on a rack like synthetic rotisserie chickens. Marella Gayla, BostonGlobe.com, "In Somerville, a powerhouse of custom costume-making for Boston and beyond," 4 July 2019 Those are just the latest in what promises to be a steady stream of blazes nibbling away at the Golden State’s bone-dry haunches. Patrick May, The Mercury News, "5 ways to track California’s wildfire season," 10 June 2019 Until every gov-corp was punched out and soldiers sat on their haunches in the sand, palms up like tired apes. Smith Henderson, Popular Mechanics, "Olympia," 20 Nov. 2017 Broad, low to the ground, yet trim and sleek from nose to haunches, the C-HR was an obvious departure from the conservative design concepts of the mega-selling RAV4 or Camry. John Scott Lewinski, Ars Technica, "Toyota goes beyond boring and beige with the 2018 C-HR crossover," 4 Sep. 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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The first known use of haunch was in the 13th century

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How to pronounce haunch (audio)

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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