Punch, or the London Charivari was a British weekly magazine of humour and satire established in 1841 by Henry Mayhew and engraver Ebenezer Landells. Historically, it was most influential in the 1840s and 50s, when it helped to coin the term "cartoon" in its modern sense as a humorous illustration. It became a British institution, but after the 1940s, when its circulation peaked, it went into a long decline, finally closing in 1992. It was revived in 1996, but closed again in 2002.

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  1. A hit or strike with one's fist.
  2. Power, strength, energy.
  3. Impact.
  4. A button (of a joypad, joystick or similar device) whose only or main current function is that when it is pressed causes a video game character to punch.

Noun (etymology 2)

  1. A device, generally slender and round, used for creating holes in thin material, for driving an object through a hole in a containing object, or to stamp or emboss a mark or design on a surface.
  2. A mechanism for punching holes in paper or other thin material.
  3. A hole or opening created with a punch
  4. An extension piece applied to the top of a pile; a dolly.
  5. A prop, as for the roof of a mine.

Noun (etymology 3)

  1. A beverage, generally containing a mixture of fruit juice and some other beverage, often alcoholic.


  1. To strike with one's fist.
    If she punches me, I'm gonna break her nose.
  2. To herd.
  3. To operate (a device or system) by depressing a button, key, bar, or pedal, or by similar means.
  4. To enter (information) on a device or system.
  5. To hit (a ball or similar object) with less than full force.
    He punched a hit into shallow left field.
  6. To make holes in something
  7. To thrust against; to poke.
    to punch one with the end of a stick or the elbow

Verb (etymology 2)

  1. To employ a punch to create a hole in or stamp or emboss a mark on something.
  2. To mark a ticket.

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