Definition of punchy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpən(t)SHē/

adjective (punchier, punchiest)

1Having an immediate impact; forceful: his style is journalistic, with short punchy sentences
More example sentences
  • Whatever it is, if the dancers move like Forsythe's punchy, direct sentences, this will be fantastic.
  • The sound is a great mono presentation, quite dynamic, with punchy sound effects and good, clear dialogue.
  • In my resultant article I actually compared Montreal to an afternoon soap opera - a punchy, passionate, sentimental place full of ridiculous arguments and beautiful women.
forceful, incisive, strong, powerful, vigorous, dynamic, peppy, effective, impressive, telling, compelling;
dramatic, passionate, graphic, vivid, potent, impactful, authoritative, aggressive
informal in-your-face
vulgar slang ass-kicking
2 informal, chiefly North American another term for punch-drunk.
Example sentences
  • The mores among boxers are such that fighters seldom admit to others that they are "punchy" or "washed-up."
  • This increased concussive damage is what leads to a boxer being punchy.



Pronunciation: /ˈpənCHəlē/
Example sentences
  • By this he was trying to say that its convenient format allows readers to pick it up and idly flick through one of the nine the punchily written sections.
  • The New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman puts it punchily: ‘I support united Europe because I think two United States are better than one.’
  • Quidam started punchily with Zoe's father and mother being hoisted up by a wire before the proceedings were unraveled with stunning effect.


Example sentences
  • But the rather coy hopping between engaging, raw-chord punchiness with its electric hard-boppish theme and tempo changes that dilute the impact is mildly irritating.
  • Hebden is a student of drum science now, and many of these tracks have a surprising punchiness.
  • The crackling punchiness of ‘The Score’ demonstrates their astounding talent through piercing, uplifting harmonies and a brash rhythm section that's both raw and powerfully hard-hitting.

Words that rhyme with punchy

bunchy, crunchy

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Syllabification: punch·y

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