Adjective "haunches" definition and examples

(Haunches may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/hɔːn(t)ʃ/

Definitions and examples

noun

A buttock and thigh considered together, in a human or animal.
  1. 'His arms and legs were thin as sticks, ribs clearly visible, belly flattened almost to his spine, bones angled sharply against the skin of his starved haunches.'
  2. 'He dropped to his haunches, his elbows on her desk.'
  3. 'He broke off to kick one of the mules on the haunch as it stamped uneasily towards the side.'
  4. 'The actual gargoyle itself was much shorter; it was hunched forward, claws raised in front of its shoulders and haunches tucked up underneath.'
  5. 'They are easily ten times stronger than a human of similar height: no steroids could make a man accumulate such muscle mass on shoulders, back and haunches.'
  6. 'He rises quickly from the water, licks his haunches, and stands erect on short back legs.'
  7. 'In the commentary to her plate, d' Arconville described the chest of the female as narrower, the spine more curved, and the haunches and pelvis larger in women than in men.'
  8. 'We got lost in a forest and Scottish Frank came and found us, placing a hand on Shinto's trembling haunch and a cold beer in my hot palm.'
  9. 'His superb muscles tensed, great shoulders hunched, haunches low.'
  10. 'A good workhorse, it was always said, should be well put together with powerful haunches as well as being short-coupled, which meant it must have a short back from withers to tail head.'
  11. 'A dish guaranteed to tickle M. Chirac's tastebuds, he said, would be Pancetta-wrapped haunch of Fort William venison with wild mushrooms en croute in a tarragon sauce.'
  12. 'Whole haunches of animal meat were hanging from the wagon, more lay in sizzling rows on those grills.'
  13. 'At this time of year, we are often the recipients of a freshly shot brace of pheasant or a wild haunch of venison.'
  14. 'I re-boiled water to make our morning's broth, and cut slabs of the smoked deer haunch, and brought out eggs, and we ate of this as the darkness began to fall.'
  15. 'I wasn't listening however, being too absorbed in my main order, haunch of venison, fondant potato, wild mushrooms, garlic puy lentils and pancetta.'
  16. 'That's great news, since it means we no longer have to buy a haunch of venison large enough to feed a party of 12, but can now buy a couple of venison steaks for midweek suppers.'
  17. 'Biltong is traditionally made from strips of springbok or kudu haunch, herbed, salted and left to cook-dry in the sweltering African sun.'
  18. 'He did not press the issue, the warm roasted haunch of a rabbit she placed before him finally capturing his full attention.'
  19. 'I decided on roast haunch of venison with a sweet potato rosti and wild mushroom and red wine sauce.'
  20. 'A mail order box of a Swiss-cut haunch, roe loin steaks and diced meat is under an introductory offer until 30 October of £39.'
The side of an arch, between the crown and the pier.
  1. 'The girder trusses running in the north-south direction were designed as continuous trusses and had haunch ends at the column lines.'
  2. 'Lighting also differs between the spaces, from diffused light in the narrow galleries to reflected light onto the concrete haunches of the wider galleries.'

More definitions

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. Architecture. either side of an arch, extending from the vertex or crown to the impost. the part of a beam projecting below a floor or roof slab.

More examples(as adjective)

"weeks can be haunches."

Origin

(haunch)Middle English: from Old French hanche, of Germanic origin.

Phrase

on one's haunches