- punchpunch1 [punch]n.[prob. < var. of ponchon: see PUNCHEON1]1.a) a tool driven or pressed against a surface that is to be stamped, pierced, etc.b) a tool driven against a nail, bolt, etc. that is to be worked in, or against a pin that is to be worked out2. a device or machine for making holes, cuts, etc. [a paper punch]3. the hole, cut, etc. made with a punchvt.1. to pierce, shape, stamp, cut, etc. with a punch2. to make (a hole, cut, etc.) with or as with a punchpunch2 [punch]vt.[ME punchen, orig. var. of pouncen (see POUNCE1): infl. by PUNCH1]1. to prod or poke with a stick☆ 2. to herd or drive (cattle)3. to strike with the fist4. to depress or push (a push button, a key on a keypad, etc.)n.1. a thrusting blow with the fist☆ 2. Informal effective force; vigor——————beat to the punchto be quicker than (another) in doing something, as in striking a blow——————pull one's punches Informal1. Boxing to deliver blows that are intentionally ineffective2. to attack, criticize, etc. in an intentionally ineffective manner——————☆ punch a time clock or punch a clockto insert a timecard into a time clock when coming to or going from work——————punch in☆ 1. to record the time of one's arrival by means of a time clock2. to feed (data) as into a computer by pressing buttons or keys——————punch out☆ 1. to record the time of one's departure by means of a time clock2. Slang to beat up——————punch up1. [Informal, Chiefly Brit.] to beat up2. Informal to enhance, accentuate, or heighten the effect of [to punch up a dish with spices]punch3 [punch]n.[Hindi pañca, five < Sans páñca (see FIVE): it orig. consisted of five ingredients]a sweetened drink made with fruit juices, carbonated beverages, sherbet, etc., often mixed with wine or liquor, and served in cups from a large bowl
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.