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noun (1)

pound·​er ˈpau̇n-dər How to pronounce pounder (audio)
: a tool used for pounding
: one that pounds


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noun (2)

: a gun throwing a projectile of a specified weight
used in combination
the ship was armed with six-pounders
: one having a usually specified weight or value in pounds
used in combination
caught a ten-pounder

Examples of pounder in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
According to Short, the chase that started it all, their quest for a 60 pounder, isn’t done yet. Steven Hill, Field & Stream, 6 Sep. 2023 Not enough Thanksgiving guests for a 12 to 16 pounder? Florence Fabricant, New York Times, 13 Nov. 2023 On the Pacific Coast, these fish average only 20 to 30 inches, and a 30 pounder would be a monster. Joe Cermele, Field & Stream, 23 Aug. 2023 Alongside cheesy bacon fries and a bacon quarter pounder, came the Big Mac bacon. Sam Burros, Peoplemag, 30 July 2023 The 6-foot-3, 200 pounder visited East Lansing on June 23, his last official visit on his recruiting journey. Jenna Malinowski, Detroit Free Press, 7 July 2023 Another loyal pavement pounder, Melvin Coleman Jr., a military veteran from Greenville, N.C., has carried a flagpole waving a large American flag along the entire 26.2-mile route annually for the past quarter of a century. Diane Bell, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 June 2023 The 5-foot-11 170 pounder was speedy and slippery in racking up 215 yards as a running back and receiver as the Bruins scored on their first six possessions in claiming a 38-12 victory in a non-conference matchup. cleveland, 2 Oct. 2021 The 6-5, 302 pounder has point-of-attack toughness, good hands and sound technique. Jeff Fedotin, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun (1)

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

Noun (2)

1665, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Pounder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pounder. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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