from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. (noun) A greedy fellow; a gormand.
Now what a laughter would this have ministered unto Democritus amongst other things, to behold there a certain grand paunch; who, seeing the doors stopped and every way closed up, thought, by another compendious means, to get out through a glass window if it might be by any shift?
Big bellyes cosumes much, grand paunch licks the platter, Great brags breeds babble, full purse pleads the matter.
'Grand-paunch' is French in origin, and ultimately comes from the Latin 'grandis,' big, great, and the Latin 'panticem,' belly, bowels.