adjective, punch·i·er, punch·i·est. Informal.

being or appearing vigorously effective; forceful.

Origin of punchy

First recorded in 1935–40; punch1 + -y1
Related formspunch·i·ness, noun
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Related Words for punchier

confused, dazed, groggy

British Dictionary definitions for punchier


adjective punchier or punchiest

an informal word for punch-drunk
informal incisive or forcefula punchy article
Derived Formspunchily, adverbpunchiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for punchier



"nervously anxious; irritable from fatigue," 1937, from punch (v.) + -y (2). Perhaps originally a shortening of punch-drunk. Related: Punchily; punchiness.



"full of vigor," 1926, from punch (n.3) + -y (2). Related: Punchily; punchiness.

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