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paunch

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noun \ˈpȯnch, ˈpänch\

Simple Definition of paunch

  • : a belly that sticks out especially on a man : a fat stomach

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of paunch

  1. 1 a :  the belly and its contents b :  potbelly

  2. 2 :  rumen

Examples of paunch in a sentence

  1. He sat with his hands folded over his paunch.

  2. He used to be very thin but now he has a slight paunch.



Origin and Etymology of paunch

Middle English, from Anglo-French *panche, pance, from Latin pantic-, pantex


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with paunch


Medical Dictionary

paunch

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noun \ˈpȯnch, ˈpänch\

Medical Definition of paunch

  1. :  rumen





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