punch-drunk


punch–drunk

adjective \ˈpənch-ˌdrəŋk\

of a boxer : confused and unable to speak or move normally because of being punched many times in the head

: unable to think or act normally because you are very tired, excited, etc.

Full Definition of PUNCH-DRUNK

1
:  suffering cerebral injury typically marked by mental confusion, incoordination, and slurred speech and usually resulting from minute brain hemorrhages caused by repeated head blows in boxing
2
:  behaving as if punch-drunk :  dazed, confused

Origin of PUNCH-DRUNK

2punch
First Known Use: 1918

punch–drunk

adjective \ˈpənch-ˌdrəŋk\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of PUNCH–DRUNK

: suffering from cerebral injury usually resulting from minute brain hemorrhages caused by repeated head blows received in boxing and marked especially by mental confusion, incoordination, and slurred speech
punch–drunk·en·ness \-ˌdrəŋ-kən-nəs\ noun

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