\ 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 The father, Alexei Shostakov (played by David Harbour), is now a bearded and paunchy Soviet-era superhero known as Red Guardian, the counterpart of Captain America. Fred Weir, The Christian Science Monitor, 15 July 2021 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, 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, 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, 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, 24 Oct. 2019 Underestimate his pale, paunchy dad-ness at your own peril. John Wenzel, The Know, 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, 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, 11 July 2019 See More

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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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“Paunchy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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