Face red, eyes bulging to the ceiling, she lifted the bar from its stand and then lowered herself onto her haunches.
“He was so quick, he could get around you before you got off your haunches,” says one former teammate.
early 13c., from Old French hanche (12c.) "hip, thigh; haunch," from a Germanic source, perhaps Frankish *hanka (cf. Old High German hinkan "to limp," ancha "leg," literally "joint;" Middle Dutch hanke "haunch"). "It is only since the 18th c. that the spelling haunch has displaced hanch" [OED]. Related: Haunches.