- 1 English
- 1.1 Pronunciation
- 1.2 Etymology 1
- 1.3 Etymology 2
- 1.4 Etymology 3
- 2 French
From Middle English punchen, partially from Old French ponchonner (“to punch”), from ponchon (“pointed tool”), from Latin punctus, perfect passive participle of pungō (“I prick”); and partially from Middle English punchen, a syncopated variant of Middle English punischen ("to punish"; see punish). Also influenced by Middle English punchon ("a punch"; see puncheon).
- (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.
- (uncountable) Power, strength, energy.
- (uncountable) Impact.
- (uncountable) A button (of a joypad, joystick or similar device) causing a video game character to punch.
- (A strike with the fist): slap
- (transitive) To strike with one's fist.
- If she punches me, I'm gonna break her nose.
- (transitive, of cattle) To herd.
- (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.
- (transitive) To enter (information) on a device or system.
- (transitive) To hit (a ball or similar object) with less than full force.
- He punched a hit into shallow left field.
- (transitive) To make holes in something (rail ticket, leather belt, etc)
- To thrust against; to poke.
- to punch one with the end of a stick or the elbow
- (To strike with the fist): box
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.
- (uncountable) A beverage, generally containing a mixture of fruit juice and some other beverage, often alcoholic.
- ponch (1990 reform spelling)
punch m (plural punchs)
- punch (drink)