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paunch

[pawnch, pahnch] /pɔntʃ, pɑntʃ/
noun
1.
a large and protruding belly; potbelly.
2.
the belly or abdomen.
3.
the rumen.
Origin of paunch
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English paunche < Anglo-French, for Middle French pance < Latin panticēs (plural) bowels
Related forms
paunched, adjective
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  • 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

/pɔːntʃ/
noun
1.
the belly or abdomen, esp when protruding
2.
another name for rumen
3.
(nautical) a thick mat that prevents chafing
verb (transitive)
4.
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.
The belly, especially a protruding one; a potbelly.

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