\ˈpȯnch, ˈpänch\

Definition of paunch 

1a : the belly and its contents

b : potbelly

2 : rumen

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Synonyms for paunch


beer belly, belly, gut, potbelly

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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.

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After five movies, the T. rex now evokes the soulful pathos of seeing a once-beloved action star trying to keep up with the new kids, but with a little too much paunch. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "5 things to know about Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom," 5 June 2018 Why not kill two of these annoying-ass birds with one stone by making some friends and staving off that postgrad paunch at the same time? Clay Skipper, GQ, "Is the Gym a Good Place to Make Friends? An Investigation," 6 May 2018 The burly mustachioed butcher had his bloody apron tied tightly over his paunch and was standing in the doorway, inadvertently blocking my way in. Anissa Helou, Bon Appetit, "The Camel Trek: In Search of an Unexpected Delicacy," 4 May 2018 Joe wears a thin shirt streaked with three different colors of spills and shorts that sit under his paunch of a belly., "CHAPTER 8: "I'LL SEE HER IN HEAVEN"," 18 Oct. 2017 Hall, 53, is a soft-spoken snow-removal worker with a slight paunch, a salt-and-pepper beard and a matched set of .45 caliber pistols. Kirk Johnson, The Seattle Times, "Car Stolen in Anchorage? Enter Floyd the Thief Chaser," 13 Apr. 2018 During a concert in Nashville, Mr. Yow made a mock apology to the audience about his paunch, then executed some sit-ups mid-song. John Jurgensen, WSJ, "An Aging Punk Star’s Dilemma: Am I Too Old to Stage Dive?," 7 Dec. 2017 After years of rigorous weight training, plenty of former athletes end their playing days and subsequently let their once steely cores morph into paunches and their rock-hard biceps atrophy into flab. Gabriel Baumgaertner,, "Alfonso Soriano Is Taking His Retirement Weight Training Program Quite Seriously," 20 Sep. 2017 Unlike Parisian pooches though, one distinguishing characteristic about Philly pooches is their unmistakable paunches. Kimberly Garrison,, "Philly's dogs overweight, like their owners," 1 Aug. 2017

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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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English Language Learners Definition of paunch

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


\ˈpȯnch, ˈpänch \

Medical Definition of paunch 

: rumen

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