paunch, a man's fat stomach or a woman's

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  • SwissPete

    Senior Member
    Français (CH), AE (California)
    I don't see any reason why paunch could not be used for a woman, but a Google search
    also shows terms like potbelly and belly fat. Are they more politically correct?

    What would be the context, Ali? Do you have a sentence with this word in it?
     

    Myridon

    Senior Member
    English - US
    There is a general difference in the way fat is distributed on men and women.
    I checked a few of my favorite dictionaries (Longman being one of my least favorite) and they had no gender preference or added it as a qualified comment such as ", especially on a man."
     

    Parla

    Member Emeritus
    English - US
    The Longman dictionary is wrong. The stomach is an organ inside the abdomen. Instead of "stomach", the word is abdomen or, informally, belly—and yes, it's applied only to men, as far as I know.
     
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