[pawnch, pahnch]


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
Related formspaunched, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of paunch

Historical Examples of paunch

  • I dared not retort, but I looked so hard at his paunch that the General smiled.

    The Cavalier

    George Washington Cable

  • He was getting something of a paunch, and sorrow had no effect on it.

    The Moon and Sixpence

    W. Somerset Maugham

  • If it hit en in the paunch, it's 'not out' and the fella must have suffered.

    From a Cornish Window

    Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

  • Would not it be a good thing to make a good clean incision in that paunch.

  • A merchant, like the other merchants, and his paunch is also that of the real merchant.

    Foma Gordyeff

    Maxim Gorky

British Dictionary definitions for paunch



the belly or abdomen, esp when protruding
another name for rumen
nautical a thick mat that prevents chafing

verb (tr)

to stab in the stomach; disembowel

Word Origin for paunch

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

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

Medicine definitions for paunch


[pônch, pänch]


The belly, especially a protruding one; a potbelly.
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