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

Definition of paunchy

: having a potbelly

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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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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 Rap Monster joins in with both a paunchy rap and a mellow singing verse that diverges from his usual role as a rapper. Tamar Herman, Billboard, "BTS Celebrates Anniversary With 3 New Songs," 16 June 2017 Gozali, a paunchy Chinese-Indonesian with a penchant for American hamburgers, is perhaps an unlikely apostle for sports and fitness. Jon Emont, New York Times, "An N.C.A.A. for Indonesia? Selling College Sports to a Sedentary Nation," 17 May 2017 But like the man himself, Assassin’s Creed is growing old — and getting paunchy with age. Chris Kohler, WIRED, "Assassin’s Creed Revelations," 14 Nov. 2011

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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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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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