[pawn-chee, pahn-]

adjective, paunch·i·er, paunch·i·est.

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

Origin of paunchy

First recorded in 1590–1600; paunch + -y1
Related formspaunch·i·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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adjective -ier or -iest

having a protruding belly or abdomen
Derived Formspaunchiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for paunchy

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

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paunchy in Medicine


[pônchē, pän-]


Having a potbelly.
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