punchier; punchiest
: 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
: vivid, vibrant
These punchy colors glide on and blend easily into mere hints of color.Elle
: 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
: 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

shrimp in a punchy sauce She was punchy with fatigue.
Recent Examples on the Web Integral to the band’s hip-hop-esque danceability are the punchy grooves of drummer Brad Hargreaves, often accented by loops, and always with expressively dynamic production. Alessandro Corona, The Enquirer, 28 June 2024 The punchy 3-minute melodic house track has an insistent 120 BPM beat and wobbly synth arpeggios, and was mixed by Mark Yardley of Stanton Warriors. Spin Contributor, SPIN, 24 June 2024 Switching to the Music: The punchy EQ preset somewhat filled in that gap, but the high-mid boosts made the track sound less natural. PCMAG, 24 June 2024 With its 170 museums, innumerable galleries, a world-famous annual art fair, architectural history and punchy street murals, the home of Frida Kahlo sits deservedly alongside Rome or Barcelona as an art capital of the world. Harriet Marsden, The Week Uk, theweek, 26 Feb. 2024 See all Example Sentences for punchy 

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Word History

First Known Use

1907, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of punchy was in 1907

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“Punchy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/punchy. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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