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paunch

[ pawnch, pahnch ]
/ pɔntʃ, pɑntʃ /
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noun

a large and protruding belly; potbelly.
the belly or abdomen.
the rumen.

RELATED WORDS

bulge, potbelly, abdomen, fat, tummy, belly, gut, epigastrium

Nearby words

paulinus, saint, paulist, paulownia, paumgartner, paumotu archipelago, paunch, paunchy, pauper, pauperism, pauperize, paupiette

Origin of paunch

1325–75; Middle English paunche < Anglo-French, for Middle French pance < Latin panticēs (plural) bowels
Related formspaunched, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for paunch

paunch

/ (pɔːntʃ) /

noun

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

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)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for paunch

paunch

[ pônch, pänch ]

n.

The belly, especially a protruding one; a potbelly.
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