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paunch

[pawnch, pahnch]
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noun
  1. a large and protruding belly; potbelly.
  2. the belly or abdomen.
  3. the rumen.

Origin of paunch

1325–75; Middle English paunche < Anglo-French, for Middle French pance < Latin panticēs (plural) bowels
Related formspaunched, adjective
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Examples from the Web for paunched

Historical Examples

  • He measured the paunched rascal with a rapid eye, and with a flick at the left wrist disarmed him of his poignard.

    Doom Castle

    Neil Munro

  • Not more than forty, with a clear, pallid skin that had never known the sun, he was paunched and weak-legged.


British Dictionary definitions for paunched

paunch

noun
  1. the belly or abdomen, esp when protruding
  2. another name for rumen
  3. nautical a thick mat that prevents chafing
verb (tr)
  1. to stab in the stomach; disembowel

Word Origin

C14: from Anglo-Norman paunche, from Old French pance, from Latin panticēs (pl) bowels
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Word Origin and History for paunched

paunch

n.

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)).

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paunched in Medicine

paunch

(pônch, pänch)
n.
  1. The belly, especially a protruding one; a potbelly.
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