[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

Examples from the Web for paunched

Historical Examples of paunched

  • He measured the paunched rascal with a rapid eye, and with a flick at the left wrist disarmed him of his poignard.

    Doom Castle

    Neil Munro

  • Not more than forty, with a clear, pallid skin that had never known the sun, he was paunched and weak-legged.

British Dictionary definitions for paunched



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 paunched



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)).

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Medicine definitions for paunched


[pônch, pänch]


The belly, especially a protruding one; a potbelly.
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