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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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noun (2)

: one that makes boxes or packs things in boxes


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noun (3)

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


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noun (4)

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

Noun (1) that boxer is quite famous for being the youngest heavyweight champion ever
Recent Examples on the Web
Bella Hadid, Alexa Chung, and Kendall Jenner were early adopters, followed more recently by Zendaya, who gave it a preppy spin by pairing her blue pinstripe boxers with a relaxed button-up and pointy pumps during her Challengers promotion tour. Talia Abbas, Vogue, 13 July 2024 Among the boxers who won Olympic titles, then went on to win world championships as professionals, were Sugar Ray Leonard, Michael and Leon Spinks and Pernell Whitaker. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 11 July 2024 Both boys wear black tanks and boxers from Classics collection. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, 9 July 2024 Rihanna’s lingerie and loungewear brand launched its Classics by Savage X Fenty collection on Tuesday (July 9), featuring men’s boxers, briefs and tees. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, 9 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for boxer 

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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 23 Jul. 2024.

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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