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1. Sports An incompetent or easily defeated athlete, especially a prizefighter.
2. Slang A stupid or clumsy person.

[Origin unknown.]
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slang US a stupid or clumsy boxer or other person
[C20: origin uncertain]
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(pəˈlu kə)

n., pl. -kas. Slang.
1. an athlete, esp. a boxer, lacking in ability or experience.
2. oaf.
[1920–25, orig. uncertain]
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Noun1.palooka - a second-rate prize fighter
boxer, pugilist - someone who fights with his fists for sport
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- Joel Lewis, the author of "Entropia," "Palookas of the Ozone" and "House Rent Boogie."
(19.) For an outlining of the formal parallels apparent between The Godfather and The Godfather, Part 11, as well as across the Godfather trilogy as a whole, see Peter Bondanella, Hollywood Italians: Dagos, Palookas, Romeos, Wise Guys, and Sopranos (New York: Continuum, 2006), 235-71.
Manly Art is divided into what can be described as "rounds," including profiles of boxing's legends, run-of-the-mill palookas, managers, and various supernumeraries; movie and book reviews; spot reporting from ringside; personal commentaries about the state of the sport; and obituaries about the famous and non-household-name personalities.
Khan (right) has polished off enough palookas from places where they still point at aeroplanes - now it's time he took on Hatton, who prefers to point at Aero bars.
They were the stars of the 1987 Nintendo game "Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!" If you had a Nintendo Entertainment System back then, odds are that at some point you laced up Mac's gloves, stepped into the ring and pounded your way through a roster of palookas like Glass Joe and Bald Bull.
To hear players and coaches stating how well they played against these palookas is really pathetic.