Definition of paunch in English:



  • 1A large or protruding abdomen or stomach.

    • ‘Over the top of this loincloth spilled his sizeable paunch.’
    • ‘Within a month, you are guaranteed a paunch, a pot belly, and the inability to walk up stairs.’
    • ‘But since starting work I've started developing a bit of a paunch… so I'm voluntarily playing sport again.’
    • ‘A paunch could be an obscene thing to many, but never mind that a number of policemen have it in the city.’
    • ‘Francisco moved to the desk, adjusting the towel around the paunch of his waist before bending over the bottom drawer.’
    • ‘Hank got up with a groan and, feeling every one of his 46 years, he shrugged his suspenders back over his middle-age paunch.’
    • ‘In India a slight paunch is seen as a sign of prosperity?’
    • ‘The story dies otherwise as you can't blame a person for not giving up their seat to a woman with a slight paunch.’
    • ‘They flow over paunches and make no definite statements about waists.’
    • ‘He had a slight paunch at his waistline but it was solid.’
    • ‘This is rich coming from a bald old guy with a bushy beard and a paunch like a kangaroo.’
    • ‘It's not clever or funny, except if you have a paunch.’
    • ‘The Maoris on stage boast a range of physiques from sumo paunches to gym-fed beefcake.’
    • ‘For a man who's all about speed and endurance, he is distinctly non-streamlined, with a moon-shaped face and a pronounced paunch set over thick, powerful legs.’
    • ‘Some wear shirts that stretch over round paunches.’
    • ‘His appearance was quite ordinary, ordinary height, ordinary brown hair and eyes and the barest beginnings of a paunch around his middle.’
    • ‘But it isn't just a pretty bike marketed to aging riders with chubby wallets and matching paunches.’
    • ‘We have been long used to calling obese persons ‘healthy’ and looking at a paunch as the sign of prosperity.’
    • ‘He is more interested in getting drunk, making out and filling his growing paunch.’
    • ‘He works out frequently, totes no middle-aged paunch and looks ready to carry on with another 20 years of activity.’
    pot belly, fat abdomen, fat belly, fat stomach, protruding abdomen, protruding belly, protruding stomach, beer belly, stomach, belly, middle, midriff, waist, waistline
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  • 2Nautical
    archaic A thick strong mat used to give protection from chafing on a mast or spar.


Late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French pa(u)nche, based on Latin pantex, pantic-, usually in the plural in the sense ‘intestines’.