\ ˈpȯnch How to pronounce paunch (audio) , ˈpänch \

Definition of paunch

1a : the belly and its contents
b : potbelly
2 : rumen

Examples of paunch in a Sentence

He sat with his hands folded over his paunch. He used to be very thin but now he has a slight paunch.
Recent Examples on the Web The leader of all this non-action is the middle-aged Agent Garrick, a shambolic, avuncular presence with a paunch and a nervous cough. Alexandra Schwartz, The New Yorker, 18 Oct. 2021 The portly patriarch of paunch persevered to pulverize the Baron of Beardonkadonk in the final match of #FatBearWeek 2021. Naledi Ushe,, 7 Oct. 2021 Raymond taught the Phanatic what became his signature moves: how to whomp his paunch, how to suction a plunger to the head of a bald man, how to stand at a distance and land rings on the plunger. New York Times, 6 Aug. 2021 Gone was the Bear, and in his place was a lean man, skinny even, though with a paunch that came with the years, nearly 73 at the time. John Penner, Los Angeles Times, 29 June 2021 Most of its members were older white men with trim white beards or ruddy faces, a Leatherman looped through a belt buried at varying depths of paunch. Jeff Winkler, The Atlantic, 30 Dec. 2020 Fakhrizadeh, who was around sixty and had a graying beard, and also a bit of a paunch, has often been compared to J. Robert Oppenheimer, the father of America’s atomic bomb, and A. Q. Khan, the father of Pakistan’s nuclear program. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, 30 Nov. 2020 To see the feeble jointure of his hip and his paunch. Katherine Dunn, The New Yorker, 4 May 2020 However, hit a bone, the paunch, or a lot of fat, and the wound will be nasty but superficial. Richard Mann, Field & Stream, 17 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of paunch

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for paunch

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

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“Paunch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of paunch

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


\ ˈpȯnch, ˈpänch How to pronounce paunch (audio) \

Medical Definition of paunch

: rumen

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