punch-drunk

adjective \ ˈpənch-ˌdrəŋk \

Definition of punch-drunk

1 : suffering from brain injury from repeated blows to the head : affected with or exhibiting chronic traumatic encephalopathy
  • In the argot of the not-so-sweet science, he had been punch-drunk, his brain dying prematurely as a result of his taking so many blows to the head.
  • Sports Illustrated
2 : behaving as if punch-drunk : dazed, confused

Origin and Etymology of punch-drunk

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PUNCH-DRUNK Defined for English Language Learners

punch-drunk

Definition of punch-drunk for English Language Learners

  • of a boxer : confused and unable to speak or move normally because of being punched many times in the head

  • : unable to think or act normally because you are very tired, excited, etc.


Medical Dictionary

punch-drunk

adjective \ ˈpənch-ˌdrəŋk \

medical Definition of punch-drunk

: suffering from brain injury from repeated blows to the head : affected with or exhibiting chronic traumatic encephalopathy
  • An American doctor, Harrison Martland, observed as early as 1928 that boxers who took considerable punishment could become punch-drunk.
  • —Peter StolerTime1 Oct. 1984

punch-drunkenness

play \-ˌdrəŋ-kən-nəs\ noun


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