Definition of paunch in English:

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paunch

Pronunciation: /pɔːn(t)ʃ/

noun

1A large or protruding belly: his body was powerful and square, with the beginnings of a paunch
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
pot belly, fat/protruding stomach/belly/abdomen, beer belly, stomach, belly, middle, midriff, waist, waistline
dated, humorous corporation
2 Nautical , archaic A thick strong mat used to give protection from chafing on a mast or spar.

verb

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

Derivatives

paunchiness

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

paunchy

Pronunciation: /ˈpɔːn(t)ʃi/
adjective (paunchier, paunchiest)
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.

Origin

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

Words that rhyme with paunch

graunch, haunch, launch, raunch, staunch

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