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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
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paunchiness, noun Unabridged
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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.

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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
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