Definition of paunch in English:

paunch

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Pronunciation: /pɔːn(t)ʃ
 
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noun

  • 2 Nautical , • archaic A thick strong mat used to give protection from chafing on a mast or spar.

verb

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  • Disembowel (an animal): one of the things I had to do was to paunch and skin a hare
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    • Behind them on the grass the headless and paunched body of a sow lay where they had dropped it.

Derivatives

paunchiness

noun
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  • It's another two star review over in the Times, and again his paunchiness is the main topic.

paunchy

adjective (paunchier, paunchiest)
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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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