Paunch vs Potbelly - What's the difference?

paunch | potbelly |

As a noun potbelly is

a large, swollen, or protruding abdomen; a paunch.




  • The first stomach of a ruminant, the rumen.
  • The abdomen or belly of a human or animal, especially a large, protruding one.
  • (nautical) A paunch mat.
  • The thickened rim of a bell, struck by the clapper.
  • Synonyms

    * (protruding belly) See also .


  • To remove the internal organs of a ruminant, such as a hare or rabbit prior to eating.
  • * 1610 , , act 3 scene 2
  • (Caliban)
    Why, as I told thee, 'tis a custom with him
    I' th' afternoon to sleep: there thou may'st brain him,
    Having first seiz'd his books; or with a log
    Batter his skull, or paunch him with a stake,
    Or cut his wezand with thy knife




  • a large, swollen, or protruding abdomen; a paunch
  • a potbelly stove
  • Synonyms

    * (protruding abdomen) See also .