pugilist


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pu·gi·lism

 (pyo͞o′jə-lĭz′əm)
n.
The skill, practice, and sport of fighting with the fists; boxing.

[From Latin pugil, pugilist; see peuk- in Indo-European roots.]

pu′gi·list n.
pu′gi·lis′tic adj.

pu•gi•list

(ˈpyu dʒə lɪst)

n.
a person who fights with the fists; a boxer, usu. a professional.
[1780–90; < Latin pugil (see pugilism) + -ist]
pu`gi•lis′tic, adj.
pu`gi•lis′ti•cal•ly, adv.

pugilist

a person who flghts with his flsts; prizeflghter.
See also: Boxing
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pugilist - someone who fights with his fists for sportpugilist - someone who fights with his fists for sport
bantamweight - an amateur boxer who weighs no more than 119 pounds
slugger, slogger - a boxer noted for an ability to deliver hard punches
battler, belligerent, combatant, fighter, scrapper - someone who fights (or is fighting)
featherweight - an amateur boxer who weighs no more than 126 pounds
flyweight - an amateur boxer who weighs no more than 112 pounds
heavyweight - an amateur boxer who weighs no more than 201 pounds
junior featherweight - weighs no more than 122 pounds
junior lightweight - weighs no more than 130 pounds
junior middleweight - weighs no more than 154 pounds
junior welterweight - weighs no more than 140 pounds
light flyweight - an amateur boxer who weighs no more than 106 pounds
light heavyweight - an amateur boxer who weighs no more than 179 pounds
light middleweight - an amateur boxer who weighs no more than 156 pounds
lightweight - an amateur boxer who weighs no more than 132 pounds
light welterweight - an amateur boxer who weighs no more than 140 pounds
middleweight - an amateur boxer who weighs no more than 165 pounds
prizefighter, gladiator - a professional boxer
puncher - someone who delivers punches
sparring mate, sparring partner - a boxer who spars with another boxer who is training for an important fight
palooka, stumblebum - a second-rate prize fighter
super heavyweight - an amateur boxer who weighs more than 201 pounds
welterweight - an amateur boxer who weighs no more than 148 pounds

pugilist

noun boxer, fighter, bruiser (informal), prizefighter He was a noted amateur pugilist.
Translations

pugilist

[ˈpjuːdʒɪlɪst] Npúgil m, pugilista m

pugilist

[ˈpjuːdʒɪlɪst] (old-fashioned) npugiliste m

pugilist

n (form)Faustkämpfer(in) m(f)

pugilist

[ˈpjuːdʒɪlɪst] n (frm) → pugile m
References in classic literature ?
It seemed monstrous to him that policemen and judges should esteem his word as nothing in comparison with the bartender's--poor Jurgis could not know that the owner of the saloon paid five dollars each week to the policeman alone for Sunday privileges and general favors-- nor that the pugilist bartender was one of the most trusted henchmen of the Democratic leader of the district, and had helped only a few months before to hustle out a record-breaking vote as a testimonial to the magistrate, who had been made the target of odious kid-gloved reformers.
Two or three masks strove to knock his moccoletto out of his hand; but Albert, a first-rate pugilist, sent them rolling in the street, one after the other, and continued his course towards the church of San Giacomo.
Then, if there's a vacancy, star-eyes,' said the pugilist at her side, holding on a hat which showed a tendency to wobble, 'count me in.
I must have looked in the glass to array myself as I did; but the mind's eye was the seeing eye, and it was filled with this frightful vision of the notorious pugilist known to fame and infamy as Barney Maguire.
Invoking everlasting destruction on the frequently-blackened eyes of Crouch, he threatened instant withdrawal of his patronage and support unless the polite pugilist hit, then and there, as hard as he could.
The talk had led on from the Graft Prosecution and the latest signs that the town was to be run wide open, down through all the grotesque sordidness and rottenness of manhate and man-meanness, until the name of O'Brien was mentioned--O'Brien, the promising young pugilist who had been killed in the prize-ring the night before.
It gave way, and in the instant that she entered her eye caught the scene--the Board standing about with open watches; Dempsey Donovan in his shirt sleeves dancing, light-footed, with the wary grace of the modern pugilist, within easy reach of his adversary; Terry O'Sullivan standing with arms folded and a murderous look in his dark eyes.
He is the cleverest pugilist of his weight in the country.
My eyes had torn themselves from the round black muzzles, from the accursed diamonds that had been our snare, the pasty pig-face of the over-fed pugilist, and the flaming cheeks and hook nose of Rosenthall himself.
Then, while he was still skirting his subject, before he had wandered to what he really wished to say, the music stopped, the applause broke out again, and Lady Wetherby returned to the table like a pugilist seeking his corner at the end of a round.
I laugh and hoot at ye, ye cricket-players, ye pugilists, ye deaf Burkes and blinded Bendigoes
William James figured there as well as "Weary Willie," and pragmatists alternated with pugilists in the long procession of its portraits.