- The definition of a punch is a device used for making holes or stamping, or a hard hit with the fist.
- An example of a punch is a machine used for making holes in a belt.
- An example of a punch is someone hitting a wall hard enough to make a hole.
- Punch is defined as to make a hole or stamp in something, or hit very hard with the fist.
- An example of punch is using a tool shaped like a heart to cut hearts out of paper.
- An example of punch is a boxer hitting another boxer in the face.
punch definition by Webster's New World
- a tool driven or pressed against a surface that is to be stamped, pierced, etc.
- a tool driven against a nail, bolt, etc. that is to be worked in, or against a pin that is to be worked out
- a device or machine for making holes, cuts, etc.: a paper punch
- the hole, cut, etc. made with a punch
Origin: probably ; from variant, variety of ponchon: see puncheon
- to pierce, shape, stamp, cut, etc. with a punch
- to make (a hole, cut, etc.) with or as with a punch
- to prod or poke with a stick
- ☆ to herd or drive (cattle)
- to strike with the fist
- to depress or push (a push button, a key on a keypad, etc.)
Origin: Middle English punchen, origin, originally variant, variety of pouncen (see pounce): influenced, influence by punch
- a thrusting blow with the fist
- ☆ Informal effective force; vigor
Origin: Hindi pañca, five ; from Sanskrit páñca (see five): it origin, originally consisted of five ingredients
Origin: contr. after Punchinello, earlier Polichinello, a character in a Neapolitan puppet play ; from Italian Pulcinella ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form pullicinus ; from Late Latin pullicenus, young chicken, diminutive of Classical Latin pullus: see poultry
punch definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A tool for circular or other piercing: a leather punch.
- A tool for forcing a pin, bolt, or rivet in or out of a hole.
- A tool for stamping a design on a surface.
- A tool for making a countersink.
Origin: Middle English pounce, punche, from Old French poinçon, ponchon; see puncheon1. V., from Middle English pouncen, punchen, to prick, from Old French poinçoner, ponchoner, to emboss with a punch; see punch2.
- punchˈer noun
transitive verb punched, punch·ing, punch·es
- To hit with a sharp blow of the fist.
- a. To poke or prod with a stick.b. Western U.S. To herd (cattle).
- To depress (a key or button, for example) in order to activate a device or perform an operation: punched the “repeat” key; punched in the number on the computer.
- Baseball To hit (a ball) with a quick short swing.
- A blow with the fist.
- Vigor or drive. See Synonyms at vigor.
Origin: Middle English punchen, to thrust, prod, prick, from Old French poinçonner, ponchonner, to emboss with a punch, from poinçon, ponchon, pointed tool; see puncheon1.
- punchˈless adjective
Origin: Perhaps from Hindi pañc, five, from Sanskrit pañca (from its originally having been prepared from five ingredients); see penkwe in Indo-European roots.
Origin: Short for Punchinello.
punch - Phrases/Idioms
beat to the punch
pull one's punchesInformal
- Boxing to deliver blows that are intentionally ineffective
- to attack, criticize, etc. in an intentionally ineffective manner
punch a (time) clockâ
- â to record the time of one's arrival by means of a time clock
- to feed (data) as into a computer by pressing buttons or keys
- â to record the time of one's departure by means of a time clock
- Slang to beat up
- Brit., Informal to beat up
- Informal to enhance, accentuate, or heighten the effect of to punch up a dish with spices
pleased as Punch
beat to the punch
pleased as Punch