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[pawn-chee, pahn-] /ˈpɔn tʃi, ˈpɑn-/
adjective, paunchier, paunchiest.
having a large and protruding belly; potbellied:
a paunchy middle-aged man.
Origin of paunchy
First recorded in 1590-1600; paunch + -y1
Related forms
paunchiness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for paunchy
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  • Should a paunchy waddler of this sort wreck at once his pride and his car?

    An Idyll of All Fools' Day Josephine Daskam Bacon
  • "Most unfortunate," sighed heavy-set, paunchy Martin Gest, gnawing his lip.

    Mask of Death Paul Ernst
  • McKee was bald, paunchy, middle-aged, his face loose from easy living.

    Before Egypt E. K. Jarvis
  • His face was rather fat and roundish; his build powerful but paunchy.

    Here and Hereafter Barry Pain
  • "How are you, paunchy Pilate," said I, gettin' off a joak at his expense.

  • A style like this resembles a paunchy man who can be relied on not to pick the daisies.

    George Borrow Edward Thomas
  • He is an undersized, paunchy East German, with hair the color of wet hay, and an extremely pallid complexion.

    A Book of Burlesques

    H. L. Mencken
  • In a land berth, growing fat and paunchy, and eating his heart out for the sea, or—— The sea got him one way or another!

    Love Stories Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • The reporter, a paunchy, balding man, scribbled furiously in his notebook.

    The Holes and John Smith Edward W. Ludwig
  • Timothy Sweeny had come down from his shop and stood in the background, a paunchy, flabby figure of a man, with keen beady eyes.

    Priscilla's Spies George A. Birmingham
British Dictionary definitions for paunchy


adjective -ier, -iest
having a protruding belly or abdomen
Derived Forms
paunchiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for paunchy

1590s, from paunch + -y (2). Related: Paunchiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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paunchy in Medicine

paunchy paunch·y (pôn'chē, pän'-)
adj. paunch·i·er, paunch·i·est
Having a potbelly.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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