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[pawn-chee, pahn-] /ˈpɔn tʃi, ˈpɑn-/
adjective, paunchier, paunchiest.
having a large and protruding belly; potbellied:
a paunchy middle-aged man.
1590-1600; paunch + -y1
Related forms
paunchiness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for paunchy
  • He reportedly suffered a stroke last summer and in rare appearances since has looked a shadow of his former paunchy self.
  • She is round-faced and paunchy, with dark hair cut straight across her forehead and straight around her collar.
  • It is amusing to see a fat land quivering in paunchy fright.
British Dictionary definitions for paunchy


adjective -ier, -iest
having a protruding belly or abdomen
Derived Forms
paunchiness, 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

paunchy paunch·y (pôn'chē, pän'-)
adj. paunch·i·er, paunch·i·est
Having a potbelly.

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