Meaning of PUNCH in English

1. v. & n.

--v. & tr.

1. strike bluntly, esp. with a closed fist.

2 prod or poke with a blunt object.

3 a pierce a hole in (metal, paper, a ticket, etc.) as or with a punch. b pierce (a hole) by punching.

4 US drive (cattle) by prodding with a stick etc.


1. a blow with a fist.

2 the ability to deliver this.

3 colloq. vigour, momentum; effective force.

Phrases and idioms:

punch (or punched) card (or tape) a card or paper tape perforated according to a code, for conveying instructions or data to a data processor etc. punch-drunk stupefied from or as though from a series of heavy blows. punching-bag US a suspended stuffed bag used as a punchball. punch-line words giving the point of a joke or story. punch-up Brit. colloq. a fist-fight; a brawl.


puncher n.

Etymology: ME, var. of POUNCE(1) 2. n.1 any of various devices or machines for punching holes in materials (e.g. paper, leather, metal, plaster).

2 a tool or machine for impressing a design or stamping a die on a material.

Etymology: perh. an abbr. of PUNCHEON(1), or f. PUNCH(1) 3. n. a drink of wine or spirits mixed with water, fruit juices, spices, etc., and usu. served hot.

Phrases and idioms:


1. a bowl in which punch is mixed.

2 a deep round hollow in a hill.

Etymology: 17th c.: orig. unkn. 4. n.1 (Punch) a grotesque humpbacked figure in a puppet-show called Punch and Judy.

2 (in full Suffolk punch) a short-legged thickset draught horse.

Phrases and idioms:

as pleased as Punch showing great pleasure.

Etymology: abbr. of PUNCHINELLO

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.