English Thesaurus

Synonyms of 'punch'

(verb) 
Definition
to strike at with a clenched fist
After punching him on the chin, she hit him over the head.
Synonyms
hit
She hit him hard across his left arm.
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strike
She took two steps forward and struck him across the mouth.
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box
They slapped my face and boxed my ears.
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belt (informal)
Is it true that she belted old George in the stomach?
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plug (slang)
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bash (informal)
My mother bashed her shin with a suitcase.
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sock (slang, old-fashioned)
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clout (informal)
The officer clouted him on the head.
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slug (old-fashioned)
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swipe (informal)
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biff (rare)
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bop (informal)
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wallop (informal)
She walloped me over the head with a cushion.
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pummel
He trapped Conn in a corner and pummelled him ferociously.
(noun) 
Definition
a blow with the fist
He's asking for a punch on the nose.
Synonyms
blow
He went off to hospital after a blow to the face.
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hit
a hit on the head
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knock
He had taken a knock on the head in training.
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bash (informal)
She gave him a bash on the head.
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plug (slang)
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sock (slang)
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thump
He felt a thump on his shoulder.
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clout (informal)
I was half tempted to give them a clout myself.
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jab
He gave me a jab in the side.
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swipe (informal)
He gave Andrew a swipe on the ear.
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biff (rare)
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bop (informal)
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wallop (informal)
With a single wallop, Clarke sent him flying.
(noun) 
Definition
point or vigour
(informal)  The film lacks punch and pace.
Synonyms
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force
He changed our world through the force of his ideas.
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bite
The novel seems to lack bite and tension.
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impact
The car was destroyed on impact.
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drive
He is best remembered for his drive and enthusiasm.
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vigour
He lacks the vigour of a normal, healthy teenager.
He played with great vigour.
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verve
He played with great style and verve.
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forcefulness
(verb) 
Definition
to pierce, cut, stamp, shape, or drive with a punch
I took a pen and punched holes in the carton.
Synonyms
pierce
Pierce the skin of the potato with a fork.
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cut
Thieves cut a hole in the fence.
Cut the branches back with a saw.
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bore
Get the special drill bit to bore the correct-size hole.
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drill
I drilled five holes at equal distance.
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puncture
The bullet punctured his stomach.
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prick
She pricked her finger with a needle.
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perforate
The table was perforated by a series of small holes.

Additional synonyms

in the sense of bash
Definition
to strike violently or crushingly
My mother bashed her shin with a suitcase.
Synonyms
hit,
belt (informal),
deck (slang),
sock (slang),
chin (slang),
clout (informal),
whack (informal),
biff (slang),
clobber (slang),
wallop (informal),
slosh (British, slang),
tonk (informal),
lay one on (slang),
beat or knock seven bells out of (informal)
in the sense of bash
Definition
a heavy blow
She gave him a bash on the head.
Synonyms
belt (informal),
rap,
sock (slang),
clout (informal),
clump (slang),
whack (informal),
wallop (informal),
slosh (British, slang),
tonk (informal),
clomp (slang)
in the sense of belt
Definition
to give (someone) a sharp blow
Is it true that she belted old George in the stomach?
Synonyms
deck (slang),
bash (informal),
sock (slang),
clout (informal),
clobber (slang),
wallop (informal),
lay one on (slang),
beat or knock seven bells out of (informal)

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