noun (1)
pound·​er | \ ˈpau̇n-dər How to pronounce pounder (audio) \

Definition of pounder

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a tool used for pounding
2 : one that pounds


noun (2)

Definition of pounder (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a gun throwing a projectile of a specified weight used in combinationthe ship was armed with six-pounders
2 : one having a usually specified weight or value in pounds used in combinationcaught a ten-pounder

First Known Use of pounder

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1665, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about pounder

Time Traveler for pounder

Time Traveler

The first known use of pounder was before the 12th century

See more words from the same century

Statistics for pounder

Cite this Entry

“Pounder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pounder. Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

More from Merriam-Webster on pounder

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about pounder

Comments on pounder

What made you want to look up pounder? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Original Meanings Quiz

  • rembrandt painting a young scholar and his tutor
  • Which of the following is the earliest known sense of the word awe?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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