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Webster 1913 Edition


Punch

Punch

,
Noun.
[Hind.
pānch
five, Skr.
pa
[GREEK]
can
. So called because composed of five ingredients, viz., sugar, arrack, spice, water, and lemon juice. See
Five
.]
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.
Milk punch
,
a sort of punch made with spirit, milk, sugar, spice, etc.
Punch bowl
,
a large bowl in which punch is made, or from which it is served.
Roman punch
,
a punch frozen and served as an ice.

Punch

,
Noun.
[Abbrev, fr.
punchinello
.]
The buffoon or harlequin of a puppet show.
Punch and Judy
,
a puppet show in which a comical little hunchbacked Punch, with a large nose, engages in altercation with his wife Judy.

Punch

,
Noun.
[Prov. E. Cf.
Punchy
.]
1.
A short, fat fellow; anything short and thick.
I . . . did hear them call their fat child
punch
, which pleased me mightily, that word being become a word of common use for all that is thick and short.
Pepys.
2.
One of a breed of large, heavy draught horses;
as, the Suffolk
punch
.

Punch

,
Verb.
T.
[OE.
punchen
, perhaps the same word as E.
punish
: or cf. E.
bunch
.]
To thrust against; to poke;
as, to
punch
one with the end of a stick or the elbow
.

Punch

,
Noun.
A thrust or blow.
[Colloq.]

Punch

,
Noun.
[Abbrev. fr.
puncheon
.]
1.
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.
2.
(Pile Driving)
An extension piece applied to the top of a pile; a dolly.
3.
A prop, as for the roof of a mine.
Bell punch
.
See under
Bell
.
Belt punch
(Mach.)
,
a punch, or punch pliers, for making holes for lacings in the ends of driving belts.
Punch press
.
See
Punching machine
, under
Punch
,
Verb.
I.
Punch pliers
,
pliers having a tubular, sharp-edged steel punch attached to one of the jaws, for perforating leather, paper, and the like.

Punch

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Punched
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Punching
.]
[From
Punch
,
Noun.
, a tool; cf. F.
poinçonner
.]
To perforate or stamp with an instrument by pressure, or a blow;
as, to
punch
a hole; to
punch
ticket.
Punching machine
, or
Punching press
,
a machine tool for punching holes in metal or other material; – called also
punch press
.

Webster 1828 Edition


Punch

PUNCH

,
Noun.
[L. punctum, pungo.] An instrument of iron or steel, used in several arts for perforating holes in plates of metal, and so contrived as to cut out a piece.

PUNCH

,
Noun.
A drink composed of water sweetened with sugar, with a mixture of lemon juice and spirit.

PUNCH

,
Noun.
The buffoon or harlequin of a puppet show. [See Punchinello.]

PUNCH

,
Noun.
A well set horse with a short back, thin shoulders, broad neck, and well covered with flesh.
1.
A short fat fellow.

PUNCH

,
Verb.
T.
[L. pungo.]
1.
To perforate with an iron instrument, either pointed or not; as, to punch a hole in a plate of metal.
2.
In popular usage,to thrust against with something obtuse; as, to punch one with the elbow.

Definition 2023


Punch

Punch

See also: punch

English

Proper noun

Punch

  1. (Britain) A glove puppet who is the main character used in a Punch and Judy show.

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punch

punch

See also: Punch

English

Noun

punch (countable and uncountable, plural punches)

  1. (countable) A hit or strike with one's fist.
    • 2011 November 3, Chris Bevan, “Rubin Kazan 1 - 0 Tottenham”, in BBC Sport:
      Another Karadeniz cross led to Cudicini's first save of the night, with the Spurs keeper making up for a weak punch by brilliantly pushing away Christian Noboa's snap-shot.
  2. (uncountable) Power, strength, energy.
  3. (uncountable) Impact.
  4. (uncountable) A button (of a joypad, joystick or similar device) causing a video game character to punch.
Synonyms
Hyponyms
Derived terms
See also
  • (A strike with the fist): slap

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Verb

punch (third-person singular simple present punches, present participle punching, simple past and past participle punched)

  1. (transitive) To strike with one's fist.
    If she punches me, I'm gonna break her nose.
  2. (transitive, of cattle) To herd.
  3. (transitive) To operate (a device or system) by depressing a button, key, bar, or pedal, or by similar means.
    • 1922, William Otis Badger, editor, The Workmen's compensation law journal, volume 10, page 129:
      As night watchman he was required to punch a watchman's clock; the stations were scattered all over the place.
    • 2000, William D. Peterson, United States Life-Saving Service in Michigan, page 106:
      The patrol clock and punch key system made sure that crewmen completed their patrols. At the far end of his patrol, he used a key to punch his clock and start the return trip.
    • 2007, Dick Juge, The Historic Northwest Passage and the CGC Storis, page 27:
      Another shipmate remembered the watch clock on the strap we had to carry to punching stations. He was assigned to a guard shack. He had rounds to the Officer's Club and sleeping quarters where he'd have to punch the clock at different stations.
  4. (transitive) To enter (information) on a device or system.
  5. (transitive) To hit (a ball or similar object) with less than full force.
    He punched a hit into shallow left field.
  6. (transitive) To make holes in something (rail ticket, leather belt, etc)
  7. To thrust against; to poke.
    to punch one with the end of a stick or the elbow
Synonyms
  • (To strike with the fist): box
Derived terms
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Etymology 2

Shortened form of puncheon, from Old French ponchon (pointed tool), from Latin punctio, from punctus, perfect passive participle of pungō (I prick).

Noun

punch (plural punches)

  1. (countable) 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. (countable) A mechanism for punching holes in paper or other thin material.
  3. (countable) A hole or opening created with a punch
  4. (piledriving) An extension piece applied to the top of a pile; a dolly.
  5. A prop, as for the roof of a mine.
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Verb

punch (third-person singular simple present punches, present participle punching, simple past and past participle punched)

  1. To employ a punch to create a hole in or stamp or emboss a mark on something.
  2. To mark a ticket.
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Etymology 3

From Hindi पाँच (pāñć, five), because of the drink's original five ingredients (spirits, water, lemon juice, sugar, and spice), from Sanskrit पञ्चन् (páñcan).

Noun

punch (countable and uncountable, plural punches)

  1. (uncountable) A beverage, generally containing a mixture of fruit juice and some other beverage, often alcoholic.
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French

Alternative forms

  • ponch (1990 reform spelling)

Etymology

From English punch.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /pɔ̃ʃ/

Noun

punch m (plural punchs)

  1. punch (drink)