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Dictionary Definition



1 (boxing) a blow with the fist; "I gave him a clout on his nose" [syn: clout, poke, lick, biff]
2 an iced mixed drink usually containing alcohol and prepared for multiple servings; normally served in a punch bowl
3 a tool for making (usually circular) holes [syn: puncher]


1 deliver a quick blow to; "he punched me in the stomach" [syn: plug]
2 drive forcibly as if by a punch; "the nail punched through the wall"
3 make a hole into or between, as for ease of separation; "perforate the sheets of paper" [syn: perforate]

User Contributed Dictionary



Etymology 1

From ponchonner, from ponchon.


  1. A hit or strike with one's fist.
  2. Power; impact; strength; oomph.
hit or strike with one's fist
power; impact; strength; oomph
  • German: Schwung
See also


  1. To strike something or someone with one's fist.
  2. To accelerate.
    Punch it!
  3. To mark a ticket
To strike something or someone with one's fist
To accelerate
to mark a ticket
  • Spanish: picar, taladrar

Etymology 2

Shortened form of puncheon, from ponchon, from punctus, past participle of pungere.


  1. A device, generally slender and round, used for creating holes in thin material, for driving an object through a hole in a containing object, or to stamp or emboss a mark or design on a surface.
  2. A mechanism for punching holes in paper or other thin material.
  3. A hole or opening created with a punch
device for creating holes in thin material
  • Finnish: rei'ittäjä
  • German: Lochzange
mechanism for punching holes in paper
  • Finnish: rei'itin
  • German: Locher
  • Spanish: sacabocado
hole or opening created with a punch
  • Finnish: reikä
  • German: Lochung


  1. To employ a punch to create a hole in or stamp or emboss a mark on something.
To employ a punch to create a hole
  • Finnish: rei'ittää
  • German: lochen

Etymology 3

From sc=Deva, because of the drink's original five ingredients (spirits, water, lemon juice, sugar, and spice), from sc=Deva.


  1. A beverage, generally containing a mixture of fruit juice and some other beverage, often alcoholic.
  • Croatian: punč
  • Finnish: booli
  • German: Punsch
  • Russian: пунш
  • Spanish: ponche

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Extensive Definition

Punch can refer to:




See also

  • Punsch, a traditional Swedish liquor
punch in Welsh: Punch
punch in German: Punch
punch in French: Punch
punch in Italian: Punch
punch in Hebrew: פונץ'
punch in Dutch: Punch
punch in Japanese: パンチ
punch in Norwegian: Punch
punch in Portuguese: Punch
punch in Russian: Панч

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