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1. Sports An incompetent or easily defeated athlete, especially a prizefighter.
2. Slang A stupid or clumsy person.
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slang US a stupid or clumsy boxer or other person
[C20: origin uncertain]
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n., pl. -kas. Slang.
1. an athlete, esp. a boxer, lacking in ability or experience.
[1920–25, orig. uncertain]
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