From Middle English haunche, hanche, from Old French hanche, hance, anche (compare French hanche, Italian anca), from a Germanic source, probably Frankish *hanka, from Proto-Germanic *ankijǭ (“joint; ankle”), from Proto-Indo-European *ang- (“joint; lith”). Cognate with Old High German ancha, encha, einka (“the leg; joint, bend”) (compare Old High German anchila, enchila (“ankle”), German Hanke (“haunch”), West Frisian hancke (“haunch”). More at ankle.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /hɔːntʃ/, /hɒntʃ/
- (some accents) IPA(key): /hɑːntʃ/
- (US) IPA(key): /hɔntʃ/, /hɑntʃ/
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- Rhymes: -ɔːntʃ, -ɑːntʃ
haunch (plural haunches)
- (anatomy) The area encompassing the upper thigh, hip and buttocks on one side of a human, primate, or quadruped animal, especially one that can sit on its hindquarters.
- 1726 October 28, [Jonathan Swift], “The Author Conducted by a Houyhnhnm to His House. […]”, in Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World. […] [Gulliver’s Travels], volume II, London: […] Benj[amin] Motte, […], OCLC 995220039, part IV (A Voyage to the Houyhnhnms):
- But I had no time to pursue these reflections; for the gray horse came to the door, and made me a sign to follow him into the third room where I saw a very comely mare, together with a colt and foal, sitting on their haunches upon mats of straw, not unartfully made, and perfectly neat and clean.
- 1855, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, The Song of Hiawatha, III
- And the rabbit from his path-way
Leaped aside, and at a distance
Sat erect upon his haunches.
- 1916, Wilfred Owen, The Wrestlers
- While Heracles, - the thews and cordage of his thighs
Straitened and strained beyond the utmost stretch
From quivering heel to haunch like sweating hawsers.
- c.1918, Carl Sandburg, Fog
- The fog comes on little cat feet.
It sits looking over harbor and city
on silent haunches and then moves on.
- 2018 July 15, Jonathan Jurejko, “Novak Djokovic Wins Fourth Wimbledon by Beating Kevin Anderson”, in BBC Sport, archived from the original on 14 February 2019:
- The loin and leg of a quadruped, especially when used as food.
- (architecture) A squat vertical support structure.
- (dialect) A jerked underhand throw.
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