punch, clout, poke, lick, biff, slug

(noun) (boxing) a blow with the fist; “I gave him a clout on his nose”

punch, puncher

(noun) a tool for making holes or indentations


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

punch, plug

(verb) deliver a quick blow to; “he punched me in the stomach”

punch, perforate

(verb) make a hole into or between, as for ease of separation; “perforate the sheets of paper”


(verb) drive forcibly as if by a punch; “the nail punched through the wall”

Source: WordNet® 3.1

Etymology 1


punch (countable and uncountable, plural punches)

(countable) A hit or strike with one's fist.

(uncountable) Power, strength, energy.

(uncountable) Impact.


• (strike with the fist): blow, box, bunch of fives (UK)

• (power, strength): oomph, pep


• (strike with the fist): jab, hook, king hit, uppercut, pounding


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

(transitive) To strike with one's fist.

(transitive, of cattle) To herd.

(transitive) To operate (a device or system) by depressing a button, key, bar, or pedal, or by similar means.

(transitive) To enter (information) on a device or system.

(transitive) To hit (a ball or similar object) with less than full force.

(transitive) To make holes in something (rail ticket, leather belt, etc)

To thrust against; to poke.


• (To strike with the fist): box, slug

Etymology 2


punch (plural punches)

(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.

(countable) A mechanism for punching holes in paper or other thin material.

(countable) A hole or opening created with a punch.

(piledriving) An extension piece applied to the top of a pile; a dolly.

A prop, as for the roof of a mine.


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

To employ a punch to create a hole in or stamp or emboss a mark on something.

To mark a ticket.


• (to create a hole): perforate, pierce

Etymology 3


punch (countable and uncountable, plural punches)

A beverage, generally containing a mixture of fruit juice and some other beverage, often alcoholic.

Etymology 4

From Punch.


punch (plural punches)

(entomology) Any of various riodinid butterflies of the genus Dodona of Asia.


Proper noun


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

Source: Wiktionary

Punch, n. Etym: [Hind. panch five, Skr. pacan. So called because composed of five ingredients, viz., sugar, arrack, spice, water, and lemon juice. See Five.]

Definition: 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, n. Etym: [Abbrev, fr. punchinello.]

Definition: 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, n. Etym: [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, v. t. Etym: [OE. punchen, perhaps the same word as E. punish: or cf. E. bunch.]

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

Punch, n.

Definition: A thrust or blow. [Colloq.]

Punch, n. Etym: [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)

Definition: 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, v. 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, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Punched; p. pr. & vb. n. Punching.] Etym: [From Punch, n., a tool; cf. F. poinçonner.]

Definition: 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.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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