A paunch is a fat stomach. You might suck in your stomach and tighten your belt to hide your paunch.

You might worry that if you accept your dream job as a cupcake taster, you might develop a paunch — or maybe you don't care too much about that, figuring you'll just buy new pants if you need to. While today a paunch is specifically a chubby or protruding belly, it once meant simply "stomach," from the Latin panticem, "belly," and it may be related to panus, or "swelling."

Definitions of paunch
  1. noun
    a protruding abdomen
    synonyms: belly
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    bay window, corporation, pot, potbelly, tummy
    slang for a paunch
    type of:
    adipose tissue, fat, fatty tissue
    a kind of body tissue containing stored fat that serves as a source of energy; it also cushions and insulates vital organs
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