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

Definition of paunchy

: having a potbelly

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paunchiness noun

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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
Recent Examples on the Web One recent late afternoon, a group of paunchy middle-aged men seated in plastic chairs on the sidewalk debated measures to fight the virus. Renata Brito, Anchorage Daily News, "Death and denial in Brazil’s Amazon capital," 26 May 2020 The puzzled batter swings at the next pitch, grounds it to short, and is astonished to see the paunchy second-base umpire shifting to his right to field the ball, while the shortstop tries to coach his footwork. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "It Is Time to Rethink Foreign-Intelligence Surveillance," 4 Apr. 2020 If coolness denotes — or once denoted — a certain indifference to what people think, then these middle-aged mothers with their silly, adorable shtick and their paunchy husbands are perhaps the only cool people left on our try-hard planet. Carina Chocano, New York Times, "The Moms of TikTok Are Deeply Corny — and Gloriously Free," 20 Nov. 2019 In the decades when the Congress party dominated politics, paunchy politicians moved into colonial-era bungalows and travelled first class. The Economist, "The prime minister What does Narendra Modi want?," 24 Oct. 2019 Underestimate his pale, paunchy dad-ness at your own peril. John Wenzel, The Know, "Jim James + Colorado Symphony, “Letterkenny” stars and more upcoming Colorado shows," 22 Oct. 2019 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

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First Known Use of paunchy

1598, in the meaning defined above

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“Paunchy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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