prizefighter

noun
prize·​fight·​er | \ ˈprīz-ˌfī-tər How to pronounce prizefighter (audio) \
plural prizefighters

Definition of prizefighter

: a professional boxer who competes in matches for money prizes Grandpa James himself was a prizefighter in Tampa before moving to Key West during the Depression … . Five years ago he coldcocked a 33-year-old man with a left hook.— Rick Telander

First Known Use of prizefighter

1861, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for prizefighter

earlier, "person participating in a prize," from prise, price, prize "sporting contest usually between two opponents, as a fencing or wrestling match" (of uncertain origin) + fighter, after fight a prize "to enter into a duel or contest"; the initial element was later taken as prize entry 1

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“Prizefighter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prizefighter. Accessed 25 Jul. 2021.

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prizefighter

noun
prize·​fight·​er | \ ˈprīz-ˌfī-tər \

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: a professional boxer

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