haunch
noun Etymology: Middle English haunche, from Anglo-French hanche, haunche, of Germanic origin; akin to Middle Dutch hanke haunch Date: 13th century 1. a. hip 1a b. hindquarter 2 — usually used in plural 2. hindquarter 1 3. either side of an arch between the springing and the crown

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  • Haunch — (h[aum]nch; 277), n. [F. hanche, of German origin; cf. OD. hancke, hencke, and also OHG. ancha; prob. not akin to E. ankle.] 1. The hip; the projecting region of the lateral parts of the pelvis and the hip joint; the hind part. [1913 Webster] 2.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • haunch — early 13c., from O.Fr. hanche (12c.) hip, thigh; haunch, from a Germanic source, perhaps Frankish *hanka (Cf. O.H.G. hinkan to limp, ancha leg, lit. joint; M.Du. hanke haunch ). It is only since the 18th c. that the spelling haunch has displaced… …   Etymology dictionary

  • haunch — haunch; haunch·less; …   English syllables

  • haunch — [hônch, hänch] n. [ME haunche < OFr hanche < Gmc, as in MDu hanke, haunch] 1. the part of the body including the hip, buttock, and thickest part of the thigh 2. an animal s loin and leg together; joint of venison, mutton, etc. 3. Archit.… …   English World dictionary

  • haunch — [ho:ntʃ US ho:ntʃ] n [Date: 1100 1200; : French; Origin: hanche] 1.) haunches [plural] the part of your body that includes your bottom, your ↑hips, and the tops of your legs on your haunches ▪ They squatted on their haunches playing dice. 2.) one …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • haunch — [ hɔnʃ ] noun count the upper part of an animal s or human s leg, including the HIP and BUTTOCK a. the upper part of an animal s leg, used as meat …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • haunch — ► NOUN 1) the buttock and thigh considered together, in a human or animal. 2) the leg and loin of an animal, as food. ORIGIN Old French hanche …   English terms dictionary

  • haunch — haunched, adj. haunchless, adj. /hawnch, hahnch/, n. 1. the hip. 2. the fleshy part of the body about the hip. 3. a hindquarter of an animal. 4. the leg and loin of an animal, used for food. 5. Archit. a. either side of an arch, extending from… …   Universalium

  • haunch — UK [hɔːntʃ] / US [hɔntʃ] noun [countable] Word forms haunch : singular haunch plural haunches a) the upper part of an animal s or human s leg, including the hip and buttock b) the upper part of an animal s leg, used as meat …   English dictionary

  • haunch — [[t]hɔntʃ, hɑntʃ[/t]] n. 1) anat. the hip or the fleshy part of the body about the hip 2) zool. a hindquarter of an animal 3) the leg and loin of an animal, used for food 4) archit. a) either side of an arch, extending from the vertex or crown to …   From formal English to slang

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