haunch

Definitions

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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n haunch the loin and leg of a quadruped
    • n haunch the hip and buttock and upper thigh in human beings
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A kitten sits up on its haunches, looking up at a branch of pussy willow A kitten sits up on its haunches, looking up at a branch of pussy willow

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Haunch Of meats: The leg and loin taken together; as, a haunch of venison.
    • Haunch The hip; the projecting region of the lateral parts of the pelvis and the hip joint; the hind part.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n haunch The fleshy part of the body, in men and quadrupeds, above the thigh, pertaining to each hipjoint and wing of the pelvis; the hip: as, a haunch of venison; the haunches of a horse.
    • n haunch The coxa or basal joint of the legs in insects and spiders.
    • n haunch The rear; the hind part.
    • n haunch The jamb or upright post of a door. See jamb.
    • n haunch In architecture, the middle part between the vertex or crown and the springing of an arch — sometimes used to include the spandrel or part of it; the flank. Also haunching.
    • haunch To throw, as a stone, from the hand by jerking it against the haunch.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Haunch hawnsh the fleshy part of the hip and buttock: :
    • v.t Haunch hawnsh (prov.) to throw with an underhand movement
    • n Haunch a jerked underhand throw
    • n Haunch hawnsh (Shak.) the hip, the hind-part, the rear
    • n Haunch hawnsh (archit.) the middle part between the vertex or crown and the springing of an arch
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. hanche, of German origin; cf. OD. hancke, hencke, and also OHG. ancha,; prob. not akin to E. ankle,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. hanche; prob. Ger., Old High Ger. anchâ, leg.

Usage

In literature:

I sat back on my haunches and stared.
"Famous Modern Ghost Stories" by Various
Look at the game little ponies on their haunches, and holding like fun.
"The Outdoor Chums After Big Game" by Captain Quincy Allen
Instantly it stopped, sat upon its haunches, threw off its skin, and out stepped Paz.
"Prince Lazybones and Other Stories" by Mrs. W. J. Hays
Nothing less than a full flagon and a prime haunch will suffice.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 1 (of 2)" by John Roby
I had shot him in the haunch and he felt insulted.
"Bears I Have Met--and Others" by Allen Kelly
We used to flirt about soups and creams and haunches of venison, until he thought that I was as greedy as he was.
"Red Money" by Fergus Hume
HAUNCH OF VENISON OR MUTTON.
"Carving and Serving" by Mrs. D. A. Lincoln
The dogs squatted on their haunches at a safe distance and bayed lugubriously at me and the moon in common.
"Tramping on Life" by Harry Kemp
Dragging the animal he rode to a sudden halt, and reining him back upon his haunches, he suddenly wheeled in his saddle and fired.
"Beadle's Boy's Library of Sport, Story and Adventure, Vol. I, No. 1." by Prentiss Ingraham
The bear sat on his haunches gathered together ready for action, his huge paws uplifted.
"The Man-Wolf and Other Tales" by Emile Erckmann and Alexandre Chatrian
A touch too much will bring her on her haunches, or throw her out of her step.
"The Claverings" by Anthony Trollope
They were constantly squatting on their haunches making a sort of pancake.
"Five Months at Anzac" by Joseph Lievesley Beeston
Suddenly the horses were pulled to their haunches with a vociferous shout.
"Bart Stirling's Road to Success" by Allen Chapman
If that haunch is spoiled, I shall discharge you without a character most positively, so look to it.
"Valentine M'Clutchy, The Irish Agent The Works of William Carleton, Volume Two" by William Carleton
I see yonder a gentleman with a haunch of venison on his shoulder.
"The Grey Cloak" by Harold MacGrath
Even the dogs sat on their haunches with their noses up, sniffing in a speculative manner.
"The Brownies and Other Tales" by Juliana Horatia Ewing
He sat down upon his haunches, eyeing her calmly, his tongue lolling.
"A Man's Woman" by Frank Norris
It was a haunch of princely size, Filling with fragrance earth and skies.
"English Satires" by Various
Such a haunch of venison, hung to a turn!
"The Argosy" by Various
The dogs swept by, old Captain as ever leading, with Betsy at his haunches and Mike and Major neck and neck behind.
"The Soldier of the Valley" by Nelson Lloyd
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In poetry:

It sits looking
over harbor and city
on silent haunches
and then moves on.
"Fog" by Carl Sandburg
Then, close at hand, on lowly haunches set,
With pricked up, tasseled ear,
Is Tony, little cleared-eyed spaniel pet,
Waiting, like them, to hear.
"Aladdin" by Clara Doty Bates
And since that time, both eve and prime,
Right hard doth our Abbot pray,
'Fore a goodly haunch, to keep him staunch,
While his monks are far away.
"Enter Monks: From The Same" by Sir John Hanmer
Haunched like a faun, he hooed
From grove of moon-glint and fen-frost
Until all owls in the twigged forest
Flapped black to look and brood
On the call this man made.
"Faun" by Sylvia Plath
To his haunches I spring, and my muzzle I bring
To his flank, to his girth, to his shoulder;
Through the shouting and yelling I hear my name swelling,
The hearts of my backers grow bolder.
"Hippodromania; Or, Whiffs From The Pipe" by Adam Lindsay Gordon
The horses are rearing
And snorting with fear, And over the prairie
Come flying the deer With hot smoking haunches,
And eyes rolling back, As if the fierce hunter
Were hard on their track.
"The Prairie on Fire" by Phoebe Cary

In news:

At Haunch of Venison, Ahmed Alsoudani once again depicts the violence of Iraq, his native country, with bitter irony.
Amidst heavy rains at the end of a muggy day in New York, dozens of art scribes gathered at Chelsea's Haunch of Venison gallery to honor Artnet.com's magazine.
The south Metro city has close to 8,000 hotel rooms and more are on the way, as the "upper-upscale" $137 million Radisson Blu takes shape on the Mall of America's southern haunches.
CLAXONS Curated by Walter Robinson at HAUNCH OF VENISON.
Cleverly named s, the upstart seditionart.com, is the brainchild of Harry Blain, cofounder of Haunch of Venison and partner in Blain Southern, and Robert Norton, former CEO of Saatchi Online.
Great wheels of pungent Parmigiano Reggiano and haunches of glistening pink prosciutto are universally known by the city's name.
The Nomad is the original gangster of the all-mountain movement, but rather than sitting on its haunches and cashing in on nostalgia, Santa Cruz has kept the Nomad a formidable option in this ever-growing category.
When Skeeter finds it, he sits on his haunches with his ears alertly pointed skyward and stares at Post, panting.
The Thoroughbred 's long neck and powerful haunches help propel it forward in a galloping stride that is over 20 feet long--moving at a speeds of over 30 miles an hour.
"If you want to have a dodge ball victory, you've got to grab it by it's haunches and hump it into submission".
It has all the distinctive hallmarks of the original - the quad heads, the rectangular exhausts, the two-scoop power bulge hood, the raised haunches.
A muscular, thick-pelted woodchuck, created in yield , in abandon, lifts onto his haunches.
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