pu·​gi·​list | \ ˈpyü-jə-list How to pronounce pugilist (audio) \

Definition of pugilist

: fighter especially : a professional boxer

Examples of pugilist in a Sentence

a pugilist with the trademark of the boxing ring: a nose that showed signs of having been broken on more than one occasion
Recent Examples on the Web Part mentor and part intellectual pugilist, Gibson imported a kind of alienated bohemianism to the school. New York Times, 5 Apr. 2022 Which pugilist will emerge as the undisputed heavyweight champion when Francis Ngannou takes on interim champion Ciryl Gane? Manouk Akopyan, Los Angeles Times, 21 Jan. 2022 Stockier, too, with a pugilist’s build, and muscles that looked earned rather than sculpted in a gym. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 8 Oct. 2021 Six-time major champion, golf icon and media pugilist Phil Mickelson made the cut on the number, shot even-par 72 and stayed at 3 under with no hope of winning. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, 3 July 2021 In Logan Paul, as well as his 24-year-old brother, Jake, himself a YouTuber-turned-pugilist, boxing has found a way to rework the usual celeb boxing melancholy into something with far bigger metrics. Jason Gay, WSJ, 7 June 2021 The already portly pugilist ballooned from 268 pounds to 283 for the rematch just six months later and lost in a landslide decision. Manouk Akopyan, Los Angeles Times, 1 May 2021 He was known as a pugilist with the resources to back risky projects, bringing more new plays to Broadway each season than any contemporary. Lee Seymour, Forbes, 17 Apr. 2021 So Momo soon carves a space at Casa Rosa alongside two other boys, though his hard shell hardly cracks on contact: Scared and furious, his default mode is bravado; one tiny, prickly pugilist against the world. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, 13 Nov. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of pugilist

circa 1740, in the meaning defined above

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3 May 2022

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“Pugilist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pugilist. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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