Meaning of PUNCH in English

I. ˈpənch noun

Etymology: Middle English pounce, punche, probably alteration of ponson, ponchon puncheon

Date: 14th century


a. : a tool usually in the form of a short rod of steel that is variously shaped at one end for different operations (as forming, perforating, embossing, or cutting)

b. : a short tapering steel rod for driving the heads of nails below a surface

c. : a steel die faced with a letter in relief that is forced into a softer metal to form an intaglio matrix from which foundry type is cast

d. : a device or machine for cutting holes or notches (as in paper or cardboard)

2. : a hole or notch from a perforating operation

II. verb

Etymology: Middle English pouncen, punchen to emboss, pierce, probably from pounce, noun

Date: 14th century

transitive verb


a. : prod , poke

b. : drive , herd

punch ing cattle


a. : to strike with a forward thrust especially of the fist

b. : to drive or push forcibly by or as if by a punch

c. : to hit (a ball) with less than a full swing

3. : to emboss, cut, perforate, or make with or as if with a punch


a. : to push down so as to produce a desired result

punch buttons on a jukebox

b. : to hit or press down the operating mechanism of

punch a typewriter

c. : to insert a time card into (a time clock)

d. : to produce by or as if by punching keys

punch out a tune on the piano

e. : to enter (as data) by punching keys

5. : to give emphasis to

intransitive verb

1. : to perform the action of punching something

2. : to move or push forward especially by a sudden forceful effort

punch ed into enemy territory

• punch·er noun

III. noun

Date: 14th century

1. : the action of punching

2. : a quick blow with or as if with the fist

3. : effective energy or forcefulness

a story that packs a punch

political punch

• punch·less ˈpənch-ləs adjective

- to the punch

IV. noun

Etymology: perhaps from Hindi & Urdu pā̃c five, from Sanskrit pañca; akin to Greek pente five; from its originally having five ingredients — more at five

Date: 1632

: a hot or cold drink that is usually a combination of hard liquor, wine, or beer and nonalcoholic beverages ; also : a drink that is a mixture of nonalcoholic beverages

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.