[ pawnch, pahnch ]
See synonyms for: paunchpaunches on

  1. a large and protruding belly; potbelly.

  2. the belly or abdomen.

  1. the rumen.

Origin of paunch

1325–75; Middle English paunche<Anglo-French, for Middle French pance<Latin panticēs (plural) bowels

Other words from paunch

  • paunched, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use paunch in a sentence

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

  • He had guessed right, Sergeant Black was an honest sleeper, one of Shakespeare's full-paunched kind.

    Bulldog Carney | W. A. Fraser
  • He sat on the chair like a large-paunched gorilla, his round head topping the fatty mound like a coconut.

    The Three Sapphires | W. A. Fraser
  • Wemple went down, returning in several minutes with a tidily-paunched, well-built, gray-haired American of fifty.

  • The elder was a huge man, deep-bearded and heavy-paunched, with a frown on his face and few words to spare.

    Through Arctic Lapland | Cutcliffe Hyne

British Dictionary definitions for paunch


/ (pɔːntʃ) /

  1. the belly or abdomen, esp when protruding

  2. another name for rumen

  1. nautical a thick mat that prevents chafing

  1. to stab in the stomach; disembowel

Origin of paunch

C14: from Anglo-Norman paunche, from Old French pance, from Latin panticēs (pl) bowels

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