\ ˈpȯn-chē How to pronounce paunchy (audio) , ˈpän-\
paunchier; paunchiest

Definition of paunchy

: having a potbelly

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Other Words from paunchy

paunchiness noun

Synonyms for paunchy


beer-bellied, potbellied

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Examples of paunchy in a Sentence

not surprisingly, the new Hollywood biopic casts a young, athetically trim actor in the role of the paunchy, balding artist

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Since then, fame and riches have come quickly for the paunchy kid with the killer punch from the border town of Imperial. Tim Arango, New York Times, "Andy Ruiz Jr. Shocked the Boxing World. But Not His Hometown.," 16 June 2019 At 48, Hawke was dissolute, his pretty-boy charm replaced with the bullish aggression of paunchy middle age. Graeme Wood, The Atlantic, "Sam Shepard Saw It All Coming," 11 July 2019 Eyre, a paunchy, good-natured reliever, wasn’t a closer, but the late-inning reliever definitely was an arsonist in the first half of 2007 with a brutal 6.60 ERA. Paul Sullivan,, "Cubs closers come and go, but Mitch Williams, Carlos Marmol, Turk Wendell and others will never be forgotten," 9 June 2019 But then came Know Your Enemy, an awkward record that aimed to recapture the punk ethos of the Richey years; listening to it was gruesomely compelling, like watching a paunchy thirty-five-year old try to pull on an old pair of jeans. Longreads, "Manic Street Preachers’ Album The Holy Bible," 25 June 2019 Called Casting Couch, the piece depicts a paunchy, stubble-cheeked Weinstein seated on a chaise lounge in silk pajamas. Gwynedd Stuart, Los Angeles Magazine, "How That Sculpture of Harvey Weinstein That Was Planted in Hollywood Got Made," 4 Apr. 2018 Energetic in its delivery, the new song bounces along to a funky, clap-infused beat and paunchy vocals from the act’s 13-members. Tamar Herman, Billboard, "Seventeen Drops the Upbeat 'Clap'," 6 Nov. 2017 Balding and paunchy, Paddock was the opposite of flashy. Scott Glover And Ann O'neill, CNN, "Sources: Vegas killer paid cash for property, privacy," 4 Oct. 2017 There were paunchy men who penned letters tinged with sad, wry hopefulness. Victoria Redel, New York Times, "Escaping From a Dire Diagnosis on," 4 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of paunchy

1598, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of paunchy was in 1598

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