Paunch Paunch, n. [OF. panch, pance, F. panse, L. pantex, panticis.] 1. (Anat.) The belly and its contents; the abdomen; also, the first stomach, or rumen, of ruminants. See {Rumen}. [1913 Webster]

2. (Naut.) A paunch mat; -- called also {panch}. [1913 Webster]

3. The thickened rim of a bell, struck by the clapper. [1913 Webster]

{Paunch mat} (Naut.), a thick mat made of strands of rope, used to prevent the yard or rigging from chafing. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

, / (of a ruminating animal)

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  • Paunch — Paunch, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Paunched}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Paunching}.] 1. To pierce or rip the belly of; to eviscerate; to disembowel. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To stuff with food. [Obs.] Udall. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • paunch — paunch·i·ness; paunch; …   English syllables

  • paunch — pȯnch, pänch n RUMEN * * * (pawnch) rumen …   Medical dictionary

  • paunch — [po:ntʃ US po:ntʃ] n [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: panche, from Latin pantex] a man s fat stomach >paunchy adj …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • paunch — [ pɔntʃ ] noun count a fat stomach, usually on a man …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • paunch — (n.) late 12c., from O.Fr. pance (O.N.Fr. panche) belly, from L. panticem (nom. pantex) belly, bowels (Cf. Sp. panza, It. pancia); possibly related to panus swelling …   Etymology dictionary

  • paunch — *abdomen, belly, stomach, gut …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • paunch — [n] large stomach abdomen, belly, bulge, epigastrium, fat, gut, potbelly*, spare tire*, tummy*; concept 399 Ant. sleekness …   New thesaurus

  • paunch — ► NOUN ▪ a large or protruding abdomen or stomach. ► VERB ▪ disembowel (an animal). DERIVATIVES paunchy adjective. ORIGIN Old French paunche, from Latin pantex intestines …   English terms dictionary

  • paunch — [pônch] n. [ME paunche < MFr panche < L pantex (gen. panticis), belly < IE base * pank , to swell > Russ puk, a bundle] 1. the abdomen, or belly; esp., a large, protruding belly; potbelly 2. RUMEN paunchiness n. paunchy adj …   English World dictionary

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