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paunch

Syllabification: paunch
Pronunciation: /pôn(t)SH
 
, pän(t)SH
 
/

Definition of paunch in English:

noun

1A large or protruding abdomen or stomach.
Example sentences
  • Within a month, you are guaranteed a paunch, a pot belly, and the inability to walk up stairs.
  • His appearance was quite ordinary, ordinary height, ordinary brown hair and eyes and the barest beginnings of a paunch around his middle.
  • He had a slight paunch at his waistline but it was solid.
Synonyms
potbelly, beer belly, beer gut, spare tire, pot
2 Nautical , archaic A thick strong mat used to give protection from chafing on a mast or other spar.

Origin

late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French pa(u)nche, based on Latin pantex, pantic-, usually in the plural in the sense 'intestines'.

Derivatives

paunchiness

1
Pronunciation: /ˈpônCHēnis/
noun
Example sentences
  • It's another two star review over in the Times, and again his paunchiness is the main topic.

paunchy

2
adjective
Example sentences
  • What does she want for dating the paunchy middle-aged man?
  • They are boring and paunchy and who would want them, unless they are wealthy or powerful?
  • Their Italian shoes are unscuffed and their ties are always straight and they never go bald or get paunchy around the middle.

Words that rhyme with paunch

graunch, haunch, launch, raunch, staunch

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