paunchy

[ pawn-chee, pahn- ]
/ ˈpɔn tʃi, ˈpɑn- /

adjective, paunch·i·er, paunch·i·est.

having a large and protruding belly; potbellied: a paunchy middle-aged man.

Nearby words

  1. paulist,
  2. paulownia,
  3. paumgartner,
  4. paumotu archipelago,
  5. paunch,
  6. pauper,
  7. pauperism,
  8. pauperize,
  9. paupiette,
  10. paur

Origin of paunchy

First recorded in 1590–1600; paunch + -y1

Related formspaunch·i·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for paunchy

paunchy

/ (ˈpɔːntʃɪ) /

adjective -ier or -iest

having a protruding belly or abdomen
Derived Formspaunchiness, noun

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Word Origin and History for paunchy

paunchy

adj.

1590s, from paunch + -y (2). Related: Paunchiness.

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Medicine definitions for paunchy

paunchy

[ pônchē, pän- ]

adj.

Having a potbelly.

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