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Related to henchman (faithful follower, supporter, groom); perhaps a back-formation from that word.


  • IPA(key): /hɛntʃ/
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hench (plural henches)

  1. (architecture) The narrow side of chimney stack, a haunch.
  2. (architecture) The side of an arch from the topmost part (crown) to the bottommost part (impost).


hench (third-person singular simple present henches, present participle henching, simple past and past participle henched)

  1. (comics) To be a henchman or henchwoman, usually for a supervillain.


hench (comparative more hench, superlative most hench)

  1. (Britain, slang, MLE) Big, strong, and muscular.
    He's well hench.
    That's a seriously hench doorman.
    • 2016 December 9, Boult, Adam, quoting Quashie, Elijah, “These brilliant videos about London's takeaway chicken shops are a YouTube hit”, in The Daily Telegraph[1]:
      It caught me off guard because it was hench. My mind was like, ‘right, this burger’s hench’. I looked at it, right, ‘that look peng’, and it hit me two thirds of the way in, I clocked that the burger was not peng at all, it was just hench.