Definitions for punchpʌntʃ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. a thrusting blow, esp. with the fist.

  2. forcefulness or effectiveness; power.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  3. (v.t.)to give a sharp thrust or blow to, esp. with the fist.

  4. Western U.S. and Canada. to drive (cattle).

    Category: British, Dialect

  5. to poke or prod, as with a stick.

  6. to strike or hit in operating:

    to punch an elevator button.

  7. to put into operation with or as if with a blow:

    to punch a time clock.

  8. to produce or extract, as from a computer, by striking keys:

    to punch out data on sales.

  9. to hit (a baseball) with a short, chopping motion rather than with a full swing.

    Category: Sport

  10. (v.i.)to give sharp blows, as with the fist.

  11. punch in, to record one's time of arrival at work by punching a time clock. to enter (data), as into a computer, by striking keys.

    Category: Verb Phrase, Common Vocabulary, Computers

  12. punch out, to record one's time of departure from work by punching a time clock. Slang. to beat up or knock out with the fists.

    Category: Verb Phrase, Common Vocabulary, Status (usage)

  13. punch up, to add zest or vigor to; enliven.

    Category: Verb Phrase, Computers, Informal

Idioms for punch:

  1. pull punches, to lessen the force of one's punches deliberately. Informal. to restrain oneself from full action; hold back.

    Category: Idiom, Informal

Origin of punch:

1350–1400; ME (v.); appar. var. of pounce1



  1. a tool or machine for perforating or stamping materials, driving nails, etc.

    Category: Machinery

  2. a device for making holes, as in paper.

  3. (v.t.)to perforate, stamp, drive, etc., with a punch.

    Category: Machinery

  4. to make (a hole) with a punch.

Origin of punch:

1495–1505; short for puncheon2, reinforced by punch1


  1. a drink consisting of wine or spirits mixed with fruit juice, soda, etc., and often sweetened and spiced.

    Category: Viniculture/Winemaking

  2. a beverage of two or more fruit juices, sugar, and water.

Origin of punch:

1625–35; of uncert. orig.


Origin of Punch:

short for Punchinello

Princeton's WordNet

  1. punch, clout, poke, lick, biff, slug(noun)

    (boxing) a blow with the fist

    "I gave him a clout on his nose"

  2. punch(noun)

    an iced mixed drink usually containing alcohol and prepared for multiple servings; normally served in a punch bowl

  3. punch, puncher(verb)

    a tool for making holes or indentations

  4. punch, plug(verb)

    deliver a quick blow to

    "he punched me in the stomach"

  5. punch(verb)

    drive forcibly as if by a punch

    "the nail punched through the wall"

  6. punch, perforate(verb)

    make a hole into or between, as for ease of separation

    "perforate the sheets of paper"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. punch(verb)ʌntʃ

    to hit with your fist

    He punched my brother in the mouth.; a boxer learning how to punch

  2. punchʌntʃ

    to make a hole using a tool

    She punched holes in the paper.

  3. punch(noun)ʌntʃ

    a hit with the fist

    a punch on the jaw

  4. punchʌntʃ

    a drink made with fruit juice

    a tropical fruit punch

  5. punchʌntʃ

    a tool for making holes

    a leather punch


  1. Punch(ProperNoun)

    Name of a glove puppet who was the main character used in a Punch and Judy show.

  2. Punch(ProperNoun)

    Name of a famous satirical magazine

  3. Punch(ProperNoun)

    Indicates a high level of professionalism because of being a past contributor to the magazine.

  4. Origin: Shortened form of puncheon, from ponchon, from punctus, perfect passive participle of pungo.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Punch(noun)

    a beverage composed of wine or distilled liquor, water (or milk), sugar, and the juice of lemon, with spice or mint; -- specifically named from the kind of spirit used; as rum punch, claret punch, champagne punch, etc

  2. Punch(noun)

    the buffoon or harlequin of a puppet show

  3. Punch(noun)

    a short, fat fellow; anything short and thick

  4. Punch(noun)

    one of a breed of large, heavy draught horses; as, the Suffolk punch

  5. Punch(verb)

    to thrust against; to poke; as, to punch one with the end of a stick or the elbow

  6. Punch(noun)

    a thrust or blow

  7. Punch(noun)

    a tool, usually of steel, variously shaped at one end for different uses, and either solid, for stamping or for perforating holes in metallic plates and other substances, or hollow and sharpedged, for cutting out blanks, as for buttons, steel pens, jewelry, and the like; a die

  8. Punch(noun)

    an extension piece applied to the top of a pile; a dolly

  9. Punch(noun)

    a prop, as for the roof of a mine

  10. Punch(noun)

    to perforate or stamp with an instrument by pressure, or a blow; as, to punch a hole; to punch ticket


  1. Punch

    Punch, or the London Charivari was a British weekly magazine of humour and satire established in 1841 by Henry Mayhew and engraver Ebenezer Landells. Historically, it was most influential in the 1840s and 50s, when it helped to coin the term "cartoon" in its modern sense as a humorous illustration. It became a British institution, but after the 1940s, when its circulation peaked, it went into a long decline, finally closing in 1992. It was revived in 1996, but closed again in 2002.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Punch

    the name of the chief character in a well-known puppet show of Italian origin, and appropriated as the title of the leading English comic journal, which is accompanied with illustrations conceived in a humorous vein and conducted in satire, from a liberal Englishman's standpoint, of the follies and weaknesses of the leaders of public opinion and fashion in modern social life. It was started in 1841 under the editorship of Henry Mayhew and Mark Lemon; and the wittiest literary men of the time as well as the cleverest artists have contributed to its pages, enough to mention of the former Thackeray, Douglas Jerrold, and Tom Hood, and of the latter Doyle, Leech, Tenniel, Du Maurier, and Lindley Sambourne.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. PUNCH

    A weekly obituary notice from London, chronicling the death of Humor. Never make a mountain out of a mole-hill--Try gold, silver, copper or radium--there's more in it. Q Charity begins at home--but ends when you reach The Cook. QUACK The Duck family's favorite physician.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'punch' in Nouns Frequency: #2830

Translations for punch

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a blow with the fist

He gave him a punch.

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