- a large and protruding belly; potbelly.
- the belly or abdomen.
- the rumen.
Origin of paunch
1325–75; Middle English paunche < Anglo-French, for Middle French pance < Latin panticēs (plural) bowels
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Examples from the Web for paunched
- the belly or abdomen, esp when protruding
- another name for rumen
- nautical a thick mat that prevents chafing
- to stab in the stomach; disembowel
C14: from Anglo-Norman paunche, from Old French pance, from Latin panticēs (pl) bowels
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Word Origin and History for paunched
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)).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The belly, especially a protruding one; a potbelly.
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