- 1A large or protruding belly: his body was powerful and square, with the beginnings of a paunchMore 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.
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- Disembowel (an animal): one of the things I had to do was to paunch and skin a hareMore example sentences
- Behind them on the grass the headless and paunched body of a sow lay where they had dropped it.
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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.
late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French pa(u)nche, based on Latin pantex, pantic-, usually in the plural in the sense 'intestines'.