from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Characterized by vigor or drive: "He speaks in short, punchy sentences, using plain, populist words that excite” ( Washington Post).
  • adj. Groggy or dazed from or as if from a punch or series of punches; punch-drunk.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having a punch; effective; forceful; spirited; vigorous.
  • adj. Behaving or appearing punch drunk.
  • adj. Being over-reactive to routine events.
  • adj. A term used by Nordic skiers (especially skate skiers) to describe groomed snow that does not support the weight of a skier, especially when the skier’s weight is all on one ski, resulting a ski punching through the surface of the snow.
  • adj. short and thick; fat; paunchy

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Short and thick, or fat.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Paunchy; pot-bellied; short, squat, and fat.


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  • Despite this being my fifth book launch, I find myself as elated and baffled and nervous and delighted and just plain punchy about the idea that something I wrote is hitting shelves all over the country today as ever.

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  • Strauss had urged him to speak in short, punchy bursts.

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  • His writing style tends to be in short, punchy sentences that are simultaneously graceful, and he's always a pleasure to read.

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  • Would've been a good time to be coherent ... oh well, punchy is funnier.

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  • As James McGrath Morris recounts in "Pulitzer: A Life in Politics, Print, and Power," his sweeping biography, Pulitzer swiftly changed the publication's look and content, ordering up dramatic headlines, bold illustrations and colorful stories that were written in short, punchy sentences that readers - many of them newly arrived immigrants - could easily understand.

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  • Williams, the news anchors, scared of silence - or, worse still, allowing people to listen to the music and somehow involve themselves in the ceremony - talked in short punchy clichés over the music.

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  • Here, the textural contrast between what Mr. Maws described as "punchy rapini, soft pumpkin and chewy eggplant" is just as important as the comforting flavors.

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  • We were all a bit punchy, which is usually a good time.

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