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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English dunchen, of uncertain origin. Possibly from the noun (see below); or of North Germanic origin, related to Old Swedish diunga (to hit, knock); or from Middle English dengen, from Old English denġan, denċġan (to knock, ding), from Proto-Germanic *dangijaną (to bang, knock). Compare English dinge.

Alternative forms[edit]


dunch (third-person singular simple present dunches, present participle dunching or dunchin, simple past and past participle dunched)

  1. (Geordie) To knock against; to hit, punch
  2. (Geordie) To crash into; to bump into.
  3. (Scotland) To gore with the horns, as a bull.
  4. (Britain) To jog, especially with the elbow.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English dunche, perhaps from Old English *dynċ, from Proto-Germanic *dunkiz. Compare Old Norse dykr, dynkr (a crashing noise), Danish dunk (a blow), Swedish dunk (a thump, clap), Norwegian dunk (a knock, bump).


dunch (plural dunches)

  1. (dialectal) A push; knock; bump
  2. (golf) A fat hit from a claggy lie.
  • The New Geordie Dictionary, Frank Graham, 1987, →ISBN
  • A List of words and phrases in everyday use by the natives of Hetton-le-Hole in the County of Durham, F.M.T.Palgrave, English Dialect Society vol.74, 1896, [1]
  • Newcastle 1970s, Scott Dobson and Dick Irwin, [2]
  • Northumberland Words, English Dialect Society, R. Oliver Heslop, 1893–4
  • Golfing dictionary, accessed on 2005-06-01

Etymology 3[edit]

Blend of dinner +‎ lunch, probably in imitation of brunch.



  1. (informal, rare) A leisurely meal between lunch and dinner in the late afternoon or early evening (about 3-5 p.m.), usually instead of lunch or dinner.
    For tomorrow, I’ve a lunchtime appointment so let's have dunch together instead.
See also[edit]



dunch (third-person singular present dunches, present participle dunchin, past duncht, past participle duncht)

  1. to hit, punch