bare-knuckle

adjective or adverb bare-knuck·le \ -ˈnə-kəl \
variants: or less commonly bare-knuckled play \-kəld\ or bare-knuckles play \-kəlz\

Definition of bare-knuckle

1 :not using boxing gloves
  • champion bare-knuckle prizefighter of England
  • —Dennis Craig
  • when men fought bare-knuckle
2 :having a fierce unrelenting character
  • bare-knuckle politics

First Known Use of bare-knuckle

1882


BARE-KNUCKLE Defined for English Language Learners

bare-knuckle

adjective

Definition of bare-knuckle for English Language Learners

  • : without boxing gloves


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