Definition of


  1. (noun, act) (boxing) a blow with the fist
  2. (noun, artifact) a tool for making holes or indentations
  3. (noun, food) an iced mixed drink usually containing alcohol and prepared for multiple servings; normally served in a punch bowl
  4. (verb, contact) deliver a quick blow to
  5. (verb, contact) make a hole into or between, as for ease of separation
  6. (verb, contact) drive forcibly as if by a punch

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Synonyms of Punch

biff, clout, lick, perforate, plug, poke, puncher, slug

Origin of the word Punch

  1. "to drive (cattle, etc.) by poking and prodding," c.1382, from O.Fr. ponchonner "to punch, prick, stamp," from ponchon "pointed tool, piercing weapon" (see punch (n.1)). Meaning "to stab, puncture" is from c.1440. Specific meaning of "to hit with the fist" first recorded 1530, probably influenced by punish; noun sense of "a blow with the fist" is recorded b… more
  2. "pointed tool," c.1460, short for puncheon (1367), from O.Fr. ponchon "pointed tool, piercing weapon," from V.L. *punctionem (nom. punctio) "pointed tool," from L. punctus, pp. of pungere "to prick" (see pungent). Meaning "machine for pressing or stamping a die" is from 1628. more
  3. "mixed drink," 1632, traditionally said to derive from Hindi panch "five," in allusion to the number of original ingredients (spirits, water, lemon juice, sugar, spice), from Skt. panchan-s. more
  4. the puppet show star, 1709, shortening of Punchinello (1666), from It. (Neapolitan) Pollecinella, dim. of pollecena "turkey pullet," probably in allusion to his big nose. The phrase pleased as punch apparently refers to his unfailing triumph over enemies. The comic weekly of this name was published in London from 1841. more

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