\ ˈpən-chē How to pronounce punchy (audio) \
punchier; punchiest

Definition of punchy

1a : having punch : forceful, spirited The collection is strong on punchy, memorable music and weak on lyrics.People Weekly He leans abruptly forward and speaks with the punchy emphasis of an inveterate politician.— Bill Bryson
b : vivid, vibrant These punchy colors glide on and blend easily into mere hints of color.Elle
c : zesty It is an elegant dish, although the sauce seems overly polite now. I remember it when the fresh coriander was an intense and punchy flavor.— Caroline Bates
2 : dazed, punch-drunk … I arrived in Paris after a thirteen-hour flight, unwashed, unshaved, punchy from jet lag, discombobulated …— David Berlinski

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Examples of punchy in a Sentence

shrimp in a punchy sauce She was punchy with fatigue.

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Hatfield, of course, has her own back catalog of smart, punchy and catchy songs. John Adamian, courant.com, "A mellow Juliana Hatfield at Cafe Nine," 7 June 2019 The four-star hotel is adorned in quirky details and posh furnishings, including cowhide chairs, Taschen coffee table books, and room cards featuring punchy jokes and Indie art. Jaimie Potters, Marie Claire, "Where to Stay, Eat, and Explore in Amsterdam," 29 May 2019 The new Casbah blue colorway presents the pattern in a simple, blue-and-white palette, turning, well, flowery florals into a punchy pattern. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "The Perfect Floral Wallpaper for People Who Hate Florals," 19 Mar. 2019 Richard Quinn, a designer with a penchant for punchy florals and mixed prints, was the 2018 recipient. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Duchess Camilla Sits Front-Row at London Fashion Week on the Queen's Behalf," 19 Feb. 2019 Other investors, such as Daniel Loeb’s Third Point at Nestlé, are pushing European consumer companies to cut costs at a time of limited sales growth, which is one reason their stocks often change hands at punchy earnings multiples. Carol Ryan, WSJ, "Plastic Is Big Food’s Next Headache," 28 Dec. 2018 The colors are punchy and vivid, the prints bright and Instagram-friendly. Chloe Malle, WSJ, "How Designer Wes Gordon is Reimagining Carolina Herrera for the Next Generation," 6 Dec. 2018 Her writing has a punchy forcefulness, peppering stories with irreverent punch lines and juicy gossip. Jason Zinoman, New York Times, "She Speaks Truth to the Funny Men in Power," 7 Mar. 2018 With a few exceptions, the top 10 boys names tend to be a short, punchy two syllables: Jackson, Liam, Noah, Aiden, Caden, Grayson, Lucas, Mason, Oliver, and Elijah. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "These Are the Most Popular Baby Names of 2018 for Boys and Girls," 29 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of punchy

1907, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of punchy was in 1907

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English Language Learners Definition of punchy

: very exciting or lively

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