punch–drunk

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adjective \ˈpənch-ˌdrəŋk\

Definition of punch–drunk

  1. 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. 2 :  behaving as if punch-drunk :  dazed, confused

Origin and Etymology of punch–drunk

2punch


First Known Use: 1912


PUNCH–DRUNK Defined for English Language Learners

punch–drunk

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adjective \ˈpənch-ˌdrəŋk\

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

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adjective \ˈpənch-ˌdrəŋk\

Medical Definition of punch–drunk

  1. :  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

punch–drunkenness

\-ˌdrəŋ-kən-nəs\play noun

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