Definition of paunch in English:

paunch

Syllabification: paunch
Pronunciation: /pônCH, pänCH
 
/

noun

  • 1A large or protruding abdomen or stomach.
    More 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.

Derivatives

paunchiness

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

paunchy

adjective
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  • 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.

Origin

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

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