What does Punch mean?
Definitions for Punch
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punch, clout, poke, lick, biff, slugnoun
(boxing) a blow with the fist
"I gave him a clout on his nose"
an iced mixed drink usually containing alcohol and prepared for multiple servings; normally served in a punch bowl
a tool for making holes or indentations
deliver a quick blow to
"he punched me in the stomach"
drive forcibly as if by a punch
"the nail punched through the wall"
make a hole into or between, as for ease of separation
"perforate the sheets of paper"
Name of a glove puppet who was the main character used in a Punch and Judy show.
Name of a famous satirical magazine
Indicates a high level of professionalism because of being a past contributor to the magazine.
Etymology: Shortened form of puncheon, from ponchon, from punctus, perfect passive participle of pungo.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: from the verb.
The shank of a key the punch cannot strike, because the shank is not forged with substance sufficient; but the drill cuts a true round hole. Joseph Moxon, Mechanical Exercises.
The West India dry gripes are occasioned by lime juice in punch. John Arbuthnot, on Aliments.
No brute can endure the taste of strong liquor, and consequently it is against all the rules of hieroglyph to assign those animals as patrons of punch. Jonathan Swift.
Of rareeshows he sung and punch ’s feats. John Gay.
To bore or perforate by driving a sharp instrument.
Etymology: poinçonner, Fr.
When I was mortal, my anointed body
By thee was punched full of deadly holes. William Shakespeare.
By reason of its constitution it continued open, as I have seen a hole punched in leather. Richard Wiseman, Surgery.
Your work will sometimes require to have holes punched in it at the forge, you must then make a steel punch, and harden the point of it without tempering. Joseph Moxon.
The fly may, with the hollow and sharp tube of her womb, punch and perforate the skin of the eruca, and cast her eggs into her body. John Ray, on the Creation.
Polarimeter to Unify the Corona and Heliosphere (PUNCH) is a future mission by NASA to study the unexplored region from the middle of the solar corona out to 1 AU from the Sun. PUNCH will consist of a constellation of four microsatellites that through continuous 3D deep-field imaging, will observe the corona and heliosphere as elements of a single, connected system. The four microsatellites were initially scheduled to be launched in October 2023, but they have since been moved to an April 2025 launch in rideshare with SPHEREx.On 20 June 2019, NASA announced that PUNCH and TRACERS were the winning candidates to become the next missions in the agency's Small Explorer program (SMEX).PUNCH is led by Craig Edward DeForest at the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in Boulder, Colorado. Including launch costs, PUNCH is being funded for no more than US$165 million.
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
the buffoon or harlequin of a puppet show
a short, fat fellow; anything short and thick
one of a breed of large, heavy draught horses; as, the Suffolk punch
to thrust against; to poke; as, to punch one with the end of a stick or the elbow
a thrust or blow
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
an extension piece applied to the top of a pile; a dolly
a prop, as for the roof of a mine
to perforate or stamp with an instrument by pressure, or a blow; as, to punch a hole; to punch ticket
Etymology: [Prov. E. Cf. Punchy.]
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
punsh, n. contr. of Punchinello, a humpbacked, hook-nosed puppet with a squeaking voice, one of the two main actors in the street puppet-show 'Punch and Judy:' Punch, or the London Charivari, the chief illustrated English comic journal (begun 17th July 1841). [Through the influence of prov. Eng. punch, a variant of bunch, thick.]
punsh, adj. (prov.) short and fat.—n. a short and fat man: a short-legged, round-bodied horse.—adj. Punch′y. [Prob. a variant of bunch.]
punsh, n. a drink of five ingredients—spirit, water, sugar, lemon-juice, and spice.—ns. Punch′-bowl, a large bowl for making punch in; Punch′-lād′le, a ladle for filling glasses from a punch-bowl. [Hind. panch, five—Sans. pancha, five.]
punsh, v.t. to prick or pierce with something sharp or blunt: to make a hole in with a steel tool.—n. a tool either blunt, or hollow and sharp-edged, for stamping or perforating: a kind of awl.—n. Punch′er. [A shortened form of puncheon, a tool.]
punsh, v.t. to strike or hit: to beat with the fist, as one's head.—n. a stroke or blow with the fist, elbow, &c. [Prob. a corr. of punish.]
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
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
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.
Dictionary of Nautical Terms
An iron implement for starting bolts in a little, or for driving them out, called a starting or teeming punch. Also, a well-known sea-drink, now adopted in all countries. It was introduced from the East Indies, and is said to derive its name from panch, the Hindostanee word for five, in allusion to the number of its ingredients. (See BOULEPONGES.)
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Etymology and Origins
From the Hindoo panch, five, this beverage being composed of five ingredients: spirit, sugar, lemon juice, spice, and water.
Who Was Who?
Husband of Judy and a great favorite with the children, even if he did beat his old wife. Led a hen-pecked life. Traveled in several European countries and spoke all the best-selling languages. His name has been given to a serious London publication.
Surnames Frequency by Census Records
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Punch is ranked #19654 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The Punch surname appeared 1,371 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Punch.
64.5% or 885 total occurrences were White.
31.8% or 436 total occurrences were Black.
1.4% or 20 total occurrences were of two or more races.
1.3% or 18 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
0.5% or 7 total occurrences were Asian.
0.3% or 5 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'Punch' in Nouns Frequency: #2830
The numerical value of Punch in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of Punch in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
Examples of Punch in a Sentence
We had spent weeks looking out at what looks so much like pristine white sea ice floating out on the ocean, when we look at it up close and we see that it's all very, very visibly contaminated when you look at it with the right tools — it felt a little bit like a punch in the gut.
Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina:
Hillary Clinton lies about Benghazi, she lied about emails, she is still defending Planned Parenthood, and she is still her party's frontrunner, 2016 is going to be a fight between conservatism and a Democrat Party that is undermining the very character of this nation. We need a nominee who is going to throw every punch, not pull punches, and someone who can not stumble before he even gets into the ring.
When those guys go out there and punch them in the mouth like that, it sets a tone for the whole game.
While it's inevitable that Arctic rainfall will increase as the climate warms, rains are also likely to become more intense, it's a nasty one-two punch to an ecosystem already reeling in the face if rapid environmental change.
We talked about it. If we play a (first) half like that, that'll be easily a 30-point spread, we came out with a great punch, but then we let them back in the game. We didn't sustain it.
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Translations for Punch
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- cop de punyCatalan, Valencian
- děrovačka, důlčíkCzech
- Schwung, Locher, Bowle, abstempeln, Faustschlag, Lochzange, Punsch, Lochung, [[mit]] [[der]] [[Faust]] [[schlagen]], lochenGerman
- pugnobato, pugnobatiEsperanto
- taladrar, puñete, perforadora, punzonar, perforar, dar un puñetazo, picar, puñetazo, sacabocado, poncheSpanish
- isku, rei'itin, iskunappula, nyrkinisku, reikä, nyrkillä, rei'ittää, tuupata, tuurna, rei'ittäjä, lävistin, booli, läpi, nappia, leimata, naputellaFinnish
- poinçonneuse, poinçonnage, poinçonner, pointeau, coup de poing, poinçon, punchFrench
- ütés, puncs, üt, lyukaszt, energiaHungarian
- dare un pugnoItalian
- パンチ, 勢い, 穴開け, 殴打, 穴開け器, 穴, 穿孔, 殴るJapanese
- დარტყმა, ჩარტყმაGeorgian
- panihi, moto, pokapokaMāori
- punsjNorwegian Nynorsk
- skasować, otwór, cios, dziurkacz, poncz, kop, dziurkaPolish
- soco, perfuradora, murro, ponche, esmurrar, perfurar, socarPortuguese
- энергия, дырокол, удар, кернер, пуншRussian
- grushtim, bularës, grusht, shpues, shpoj, grushtoj, shënojAlbanian
- slag, hålslagare, bål, slåSwedish
- hokaTonga (Tonga Islands)
- römapöjin, pöjinVolapük
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