punchy

adjective \ ˈpən-chē \
|Updated on: 19 Aug 2018

Definition of punchy

punchier; punchiest
1 a : 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

Examples of punchy in a Sentence

  1. shrimp in a punchy sauce

  2. She was punchy with fatigue.

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First Known Use of punchy

1907

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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PUNCHY Defined for English Language Learners

punchy

Definition of punchy for English Language Learners

  • : very exciting or lively



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