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
Origin and Etymology of punch–drunk
First Known Use: 1912See Words from the same year
PUNCH–DRUNK Defined for English Language Learners
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 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 Stoler, Time, 1 Oct. 1984
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