paunch

noun

ˈpȯnch How to pronounce paunch (audio)
ˈpänch
1
a
: the belly and its contents
b
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 My husband, who has a noticeable paunch, approached her next, asking her to let him by. Judith Martin, The Mercury News, 23 May 2024 Still — the slim build, though it’s now accented with a slight paunch. Mitchell S. Jackson, New York Times, 20 Dec. 2023 And after conferring with Haynes, Melton decided to gain 40 pounds for the role, smoothing out his sharp jawline and adding a suburban-dad paunch. Kyle Buchanan, New York Times, 26 Nov. 2023 My bullet had hit behind the shoulder and exited the paunch. Will Brantley, Field & Stream, 7 Sep. 2023 He’s played by Slattery’s Mad Men compatriot Jon Hamm with a bit of a scruff, a bit of a paunch, and a touch of melancholy. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 June 2023 This was a small motormouth Italian man with a slight paunch, charming to his core, decked out with rings, and sporting an unruly mop of kinky hair. Corbin Smith, Rolling Stone, 8 Apr. 2023 Working out is part of his contribution to Ukraine’s all-hands-on-deck war effort: The National Guardsman expects to be sent eastward to the battlefields soon and doesn’t want to take his paunch with him for the fight against Russia’s invasion force. Ella Lee, USA TODAY, 11 June 2022 Working out is part of his contribution to Ukraine's all-hands-on-deck war effort: The National Guardsman expects to be sent eastward to the battlefields soon and doesn't want to take his paunch with him for the fight against Russia's invasion force. John Leicester, ajc, 11 June 2022

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of paunch was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Paunch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/paunch. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

paunch

noun
ˈpȯnch How to pronounce paunch (audio)
ˈpänch
1
: the belly together with its contents
2

Medical Definition

paunch

noun
: rumen

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