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A member of a secret society in China that unsuccessfully attempted in 1900 to drive foreigners from the country by violence and force Chinese Christians to renounce their religion.

[Approximate translation of Chinese (Mandarin) (yìhé) quán, (righteous harmonious) fists, name of a secret political organization.]

box·er 1

1. Sports One who fights with the fists as a sport.
2. boxers Boxer shorts.

box·er 2

One that packs items in boxes.

box·er 3

A medium-sized, short-haired dog of a breed developed in Germany, having a brownish coat and a short, square-jawed muzzle.

[German, from English boxer (from its pugnacious nature).]
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1. (Boxing) a person who boxes, either professionally or as a hobby; pugilist
2. (Breeds) a medium-sized smooth-haired breed of dog with a short nose and a docked tail


(Historical Terms)
a. a member of a nationalistic Chinese secret society that led an unsuccessful rebellion in 1900 against foreign interests in China
b. (as modifier): the Boxer Rebellion.
[C18: rough translation of Chinese I Ho Ch'üan, literally: virtuous harmonious fist, altered from I Ho T'uan virtuous harmonious society]
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(ˈbɒk sər)

1. a person who fights as a sport, usu. with gloved fists, according to set rules.
2. any of a German breed of stocky, shorthaired dogs with a short, square muzzle, a brindled or tan coat, and a docked tail.
3. boxers, sc boxer shorts.


(ˈbɒk sər)

a member of a Chinese secret society that carried on an unsuccessful uprising in 1900 (Box′er Rebel′lion).
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.boxer - someone who fights with his fists for sportboxer - 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
2.boxer - a workman employed to pack things into containersboxer - a workman employed to pack things into containers
working man, working person, workingman, workman - an employee who performs manual or industrial labor
3.Boxer - a member of a nationalistic Chinese secret society that led an unsuccessful rebellion in 1900 against foreign interests in China
Chinese - a native or inhabitant of Communist China or of Nationalist China
4.boxer - a breed of stocky medium-sized short-haired dog with a brindled coat and square-jawed muzzle developed in Germany
working dog - any of several breeds of usually large powerful dogs bred to work as draft animals and guard and guide dogs
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noun fighter, pugilist, prizefighter, sparrer At school he had wanted to be a boxer.
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hnefaleikari, boxari
권투 선수
võ sỹ quyền Anh


A. N
1. (Sport) → boxeador(a) m/f
2. (= dog) → bóxer mf
B. CPD boxer shorts NPLcalzones mpl
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[ˈbɒksər] n
(= person) → boxeur m
(= dog) → boxer mboxer shorts nplcaleçon m, boxer-short mbox file nboîte f à archives
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(Sport) → Boxer m
(= dog)Boxer m
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[ˈbɒksəʳ] n (Sport) → pugile m, boxeur m inv; (dog) → boxer m inv
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(boks) verb
to fight (someone) with the fists. Years ago, fighters used to box without wearing padded gloves.
a blow on the ear with the hand.
ˈboxer noun
He's a champion boxer.
ˈboxing noun
the sport of fighting with the fists.
ˈboxing-glove noun
a boxer's padded glove.
ˈboxing-match noun
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مُلاكِم boxer bokser Boxer πυγμάχος boxeador nyrkkeilijä boxeur boksač pugile ボクサー 권투 선수 bokser bokser bokser boxeador, pugilista боксер boxare นักมวย boksör võ sỹ quyền Anh 拳师
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References in classic literature ?
For instance, the name given to the runner or boxer, who is so called in virtue of an inborn capacity, is not derived from that of any quality; for lob those capacities have no name assigned to them.
This instrument happening to be the baby, great commotion and alarm ensued, which the sagacity of Boxer rather tended to increase; for, that good dog, more thoughtful than its master, had, it seemed, been watching the old gentleman in his sleep, lest he should walk off with a few young poplar trees that were tied up behind the cart; and he still attended on him very closely, worrying his gaiters in fact, and making dead sets at the buttons.
And do you not suppose, Adeimantus, that a single boxer who was perfect in his art would easily be a match for two stout and well-to-do gentlemen who were not boxers?
Alcinous's son Laodamas was the best boxer, and he it was who presently said, when they had all been diverted with the games, "Let us ask the stranger whether he excels in any of these sports; he seems very powerfully built; his thighs, calves, hands, and neck are of prodigious strength, nor is he at all old, but he has suffered much lately, and there is nothing like the sea for making havoc with a man, no matter how strong he is."
Instantly, Miss Skiffins stopped it with the neatness of a placid boxer, took off that girdle or cestus as before, and laid it on the table.
I see, moreover, many other Achaeans whose names I could tell you, but there are two whom I can nowhere find, Castor, breaker of horses, and Pollux the mighty boxer; they are children of my mother, and own brothers to myself.
Throwing up his left arm as a boxer might ward off a blow, Tarzan struck upward beneath the left forearm of the lion, at the same time rushing in with his shoulder beneath the animal's body and simultaneously drove his blade into the tawny hide behind the shoulder.
Is an expert singlestick player, boxer, and swordsman.
During the Boxer Rebellion in China, for instance, there were Americans in Peking who would gladly have given half of their fortune for the use of a pair of wires to New York.
One of the men desisted and turned towards him, and my brother, realising from his an- tagonist's face that a fight was unavoidable, and being an expert boxer, went into him forthwith and sent him down against the wheel of the chaise.
There, the sight of General Epanchin among the guests, caused many of them to beat a hasty retreat into the adjoining room, the "boxer" and "beggar" being among the first to go.
The two bodies of troops exchanged blows in the manner of a pair of boxers. The fast angry firings went back and forth.