- a large and protruding belly; potbelly.
- the belly or abdomen.
- the rumen.
Origin of paunch
Examples from the Web for paunch
Hart's the good ol' boy type: wife, kids, mistress, no-nonsense demeanor, the beginnings of a paunch.‘True Detective’ Review: You Have to Watch HBO’s Revolutionary Crime Classic
January 11, 2014
Having yourself immortalized with a paunch indicated you were wealthy/held high office/were involved in derring-do.
In the male hierarchy of overweightness that runs upward from baby fat to morbid obesity, the paunch is the glorious exception.
Once they leave office, the paunch is usually shed quietly á la Bill Clinton.
He has a pudgy face and a paunch that gives him a teddy bear-like quality.Rick Warren's Double Life
November 14, 2008
I dared not retort, but I looked so hard at his paunch that the General smiled.The Cavalier
George Washington Cable
He was getting something of a paunch, and sorrow had no effect on it.The Moon and Sixpence
W. Somerset Maugham
If it hit en in the paunch, it's 'not out' and the fella must have suffered.From a Cornish Window
Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
Would not it be a good thing to make a good clean incision in that paunch.The Forged Coupon and Other Stories
A merchant, like the other merchants, and his paunch is also that of the real merchant.Foma Gordyeff
- the belly or abdomen, esp when protruding
- another name for rumen
- nautical a thick mat that prevents chafing
- to stab in the stomach; disembowel
Word Origin and History for paunch
late 14c. (late 12c. in surnames), from Old French pance (Old North French panche) "belly, stomach," from Latin panticem (nominative pantex) "belly, bowels" (cf. Spanish panza, Italian pancia); possibly related to panus "swelling" (see panic (n.2)).
- The belly, especially a protruding one; a potbelly.