[ pawnch, pahnch ]
/ pɔntʃ, pɑntʃ /


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 forms

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

Examples from the Web for paunch

British Dictionary definitions for paunch


/ (pɔːntʃ) /


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medicine definitions for paunch


[ pônch, pänch ]


The belly, especially a protruding one; a potbelly.

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