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noun (1)

box·​er ˈbäk-sər How to pronounce boxer (audio)
: a person who engages in the sport of boxing
boxers plural : boxer shorts


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: one that makes boxes or packs things in boxes


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: any of a German breed of compact medium-sized dogs with a short usually fawn or brindled coat


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Box·​er ˈbäk-sər How to pronounce Boxer (audio)
: a member of a Chinese secret society that in 1900 attempted by violence to drive foreigners out of China and to force Chinese converts to renounce Christianity

Examples of boxer in a Sentence

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Another local ambassador and professional boxer, Demond Nicholson, will give boxing tips, the release said. Katia Parks, Baltimore Sun, 7 Sep. 2023 In late 1940, Babbitt began enthusiastically recruiting colleagues to the Screen Cartoonists Guild, teaming up with the combative labor leader Herbert K. Sorrell, a former boxer. Francine Uenuma, Washington Post, 4 Sep. 2023 Wearing men’s boxers means sticking out your tongue at the patriarchy. Laia Garcia-Furtado, Vogue, 23 Aug. 2023 Wade planned to put Paul, the social media star turned pro boxer, through 2.5 miles of running. Morgan Campbell, New York Times, 21 Aug. 2023 A number of A-list personalities have also fallen victim to such crimes, including former boxer Amir Khan and cyclist Mark Cavendish. Byprarthana Prakash, Fortune, 21 Aug. 2023 Ali was a heavyweight boxer who in his prime was known for his combination of power and strength in the ring and his bravado out of it. Stephen Means, cleveland, 16 Aug. 2023 Blackpink's Jennie Teams Up with Calvin Klein for Limited-Edition Capsule Collection Kid Cudi, lastly, is pictured rocking Calvin Klein boxers in a pool wearing a denim shirt. Escher Walcott, Peoplemag, 14 Aug. 2023 Pound for pound, as boxers say, this is one of the most fearsome pieces of artillery in modern warfare. Hope Hodge Seck, Popular Mechanics, 21 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History


Noun (3)

German, from English boxer entry 1

Noun (4)

approximately translation of Chinese (Beijing) yìhé juǎn, literally, righteous harmonious fist

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1671, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1546, in the meaning defined above

Noun (3)

1903, in the meaning defined above

Noun (4)

1899, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of boxer was in 1546

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Cite this Entry

“Boxer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
box·​er ˈbäk-sər How to pronounce boxer (audio)
: one that engages in the sport of boxing


2 of 2 noun
: any of a German breed of medium-sized dogs with a smooth coat and a short square face

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