coun·​ter·​punch | \ ˈkau̇n-tər-ˌpənch How to pronounce counterpunch (audio) \

Definition of counterpunch

: a counter in boxing also : a countering blow or attack

Other Words from counterpunch

counterpunch intransitive verb
counterpuncher \ ˈkau̇n-​tər-​ˌpən-​chər How to pronounce counterpunch (audio) \ noun

Examples of counterpunch in a Sentence

the last, desperate counterpunch of the German armies, known as the Battle of the Bulge
Recent Examples on the Web But Butler and the Heat had a counterpunch for every Celtics jab. Globe Staff,, 28 May 2022 But after weeks and in some cases months of strong results, defenses began to adjust, and Williams provided a counterpunch, attacking closeouts by bulldozing toward the rim. Adam Himmelsbach,, 21 Apr. 2022 The question was eclipsed by Rather’s theatrical counterpunch beforehand. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 26 Jan. 2022 Not far behind on their to-do list: finding a counterpunch for defensive pressure. Jonas Shaffer,, 19 Nov. 2021 Jimmy Carter implied his opponent was running a racist campaign, then backtracked after being accused of fomenting division (a common counterpunch of the called-out, then and now). Lorraine Berry, Los Angeles Times, 2 Dec. 2021 Baylor got its biggest lead of the half off the tip, a 9-3 opening salvo, that MSU responded to with 3-pointers from Christie and Walker for an 8-2 counterpunch to tie it, then took the lead on a Julius Marble three-point play. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, 26 Nov. 2021 While not the first to market, the Mercedes-Benz EQS is a formidable counterpunch to the new kids on the block. Basem Wasef, Robb Report, 26 Sep. 2021 And 2) Baylor will start with Fenwick providing a counterpunch. oregonlive, 15 Aug. 2021 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'counterpunch.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of counterpunch

1942, in the meaning defined above

Learn More About counterpunch

Time Traveler for counterpunch

Time Traveler

The first known use of counterpunch was in 1942

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near counterpunch




See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for counterpunch

Last Updated

1 Jul 2022

Cite this Entry

“Counterpunch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon


Test Your Vocabulary

Words Named After People

  • name tags
  • Namesake of the leotard, Jules Léotard had what profession?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!