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?

    Tudor tracts: 1532-1588

  • Big bellyes cosumes much, grand paunch licks the platter, Great brags breeds babble, full purse pleads the matter.

    The Mirror of Man, and Manners of Men


'Grand-paunch' is French in origin, and ultimately comes from the Latin 'grandis,' big, great, and the Latin 'panticem,' belly, bowels.