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English noun: punch

1. punch (act) (boxing) a blow with the fist

SamplesI gave him a clout on his nose.

Synonymsbiff, clout, lick, poke, slug

Broader (hypernym)blow

Narrower (hyponym)counter, counterpunch, haymaker, hook, jab, knockout punch, KO punch, parry, rabbit punch, sucker punch, Sunday punch

Domain categoryboxing, fisticuffs, pugilism

2. punch (food) an iced mixed drink usually containing alcohol and prepared for multiple servings; normally served in a punch bowl

Broader (hypernym)mixed drink

Narrower (hyponym)cup, eggnog, fish house punch, fruit punch, glogg, May wine, milk punch, wassail

3. punch (artifact) a tool for making holes or indentations


Broader (hypernym)tool

Narrower (hyponym)center punch, punch pliers

English verb: punch

1. punch (contact) deliver a quick blow to

SamplesHe punched me in the stomach.

ExamplesThe fighter managed to punch his opponent


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)hit

2. punch (contact) drive forcibly as if by a punch

SamplesThe nail punched through the wall.

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)thrust

3. punch (contact) make a hole into or between, as for ease of separation

SamplesPerforate the sheets of paper.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)pierce

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