What does punch mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. punch, clout, poke, lick, biff, slugnoun

    (boxing) a blow with the fist

    "I gave him a clout on his nose"

  2. punchnoun

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

  3. punch, puncherverb

    a tool for making holes or indentations

  4. punch, plugverb

    deliver a quick blow to

    "he punched me in the stomach"

  5. punchverb

    drive forcibly as if by a punch

    "the nail punched through the wall"

  6. punch, perforateverb

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

    "perforate the sheets of paper"


  1. Punchnoun

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

  2. Punchnoun

    Name of a famous satirical magazine

  3. Punchnoun

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Punchnoun

    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.

  2. To PUNCHverb

    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.


  1. Punch

    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.


  1. punch

    Punch can have several meanings based on the context it is used in. 1) In terms of a physical action, a punch is a strike made using a closed fist, typically directed towards another person in a way meant to cause harm or damage, often used in fights or combat sports. 2) In terms of a tool, a punch is a hard metal rod with a sharp tip at one end and a broad flat at the other end, used to make holes or impressions on a surface or material. 3) In terms of beverages, punch is a term for a wide assortment of drinks, both non-alcoholic and alcoholic, generally containing fruits or fruit juice. 4) It can also refer to the impact or effect of something, expressing its strength, influence or power. For example, "The story really packs a punch." 5) In communication or media, punch implies to deliver or express something in a direct or forceful way. 6) In performing arts, punch is a puppet show character of traditional comedy. 7) In computing, punch describes the process of inserting data into a punch card. The exact definition would depend on the context in which it is being used.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Punchnoun

    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. Punchnoun

    the buffoon or harlequin of a puppet show

  3. Punchnoun

    a short, fat fellow; anything short and thick

  4. Punchnoun

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

  5. Punchverb

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

  6. Punchnoun

    a thrust or blow

  7. Punchnoun

    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. Punchnoun

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

  9. Punchnoun

    a prop, as for the roof of a mine

  10. Punchnoun

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

  11. Etymology: [Prov. E. Cf. Punchy.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Punch

    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.]

  2. Punch

    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.]

  3. Punch

    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.]

  4. Punch

    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.]

  5. Punch

    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

  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.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. punch

    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

  1. Punch

    From the Hindoo panch, five, this beverage being composed of five ingredients: spirit, sugar, lemon juice, spice, and water.

Who Was Who?

  1. Punch

    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

  1. PUNCH

    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.

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of punch in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of punch in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of punch in a Sentence

  1. John Wilson:

    I couldn't even see who threw the punch, but I saw our guy's head go back, and it looked like he was getting ready to punch back whoever did it and a shot went off.

  2. E. E. Cummings:

    At least the Pilgrim Fathers used to shoot Indians: the Pilgrim Children merely punch time clocks.

  3. Loretta Mester:

    If effective monetary policy means taking away the punch bowl just as the party gets going, then effective financial stability policy might mean taking away the punch bowl before the guests have even arrived because the risks to financial stability build up over time and action likely needs to be taken earlier in order to be effective.

  4. James Williams:

    It has virtual Floyd teaching you first how to throw a punch in the right way, taking you through different punch combinations, teaching you how to duck, bob, and weave, and essentially coaching you throughout that workout, all the while getting a cardio, high intensity workout.

  5. R. Buckminster Fuller:

    Children are born true scientists. They spontaneously experiment and experience and reexperience again. They select, combine, and test, seeking to find order in their experiences - "which is the mostest? which is the leastest?" They smell, taste, bite, and touch-test for hardness, softness, springiness, roughness, smoothness, coldness, warmness: the heft, shake, punch, squeeze, push, crush, rub, and try to pull things apart.

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  • خرامةArabic
  • cop de punyCatalan, Valencian
  • děrovačka, důlčíkCzech
  • Schwung, Locher, Bowle, abstempeln, Faustschlag, Lochzange, Punsch, Lochung, [[mit]] [[der]] [[Faust]] [[schlagen]], lochenGerman
  • μπουνιάGreek
  • 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
  • מדגשHebrew
  • ütés, puncs, üt, lyukaszt, energiaHungarian
  • պունշArmenian
  • 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
  • panċMaltese
  • punsjNorwegian
  • punchDutch
  • punsjNorwegian Nynorsk
  • punsjNorwegian
  • skasować, otwór, cios, dziurkacz, poncz, kop, dziurkaPolish
  • soco, perfuradora, murro, ponche, esmurrar, perfurar, socarPortuguese
  • энергия, дырокол, удар, кернер, пуншRussian
  • punčSerbo-Croatian
  • grushtim, bularës, grusht, shpues, shpoj, grushtoj, shënojAlbanian
  • slag, hålslagare, bål, slåSwedish
  • hokaTonga (Tonga Islands)
  • römapöjin, pöjinVolapük

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