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[bok-ser] /ˈbɒk sər/
a person who fights as a sport, usually with gloved fists, according to set rules; prize-fighter; pugilist.
one of a German breed of medium-sized, stocky, short-haired, pug-faced dogs having a brindled or tan coat with white markings.
a person or thing that packs items into boxes.
boxers, boxer shorts.
Origin of boxer
First recorded in 1735-45; box2 + -er1


[bok-ser] /ˈbɒk sər/
a member of a Chinese secret society that carried on an unsuccessful uprising, 1898–1900 (Boxer Rebellion) principally against foreigners, culminating in a siege of foreign legations in Peking that was put down by an international expeditionary force.
translation of Chinese yìhé juǎn Righteous Harmony Fist, name of the militant policy of the yìhé tuán Righteous Harmony Group Unabridged
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  • It is like a boxer taking off his jacket, with the intention of making a fair stand-up fight of it.

  • Long ago, during the boxer troubles, I bought it from a sailor.

    The Pagan Madonna Harold MacGrath
  • But the required gain had been made, and Phil signaled for another try at the boxer Hall line.

    A Quarter-Back's Pluck Lester Chadwick
  • Mrs. boxer sobbed, and before she had recovered, the lawyer entered.

    Night and Morning, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Many precious articles were carried away in 1900, at the time of the boxer trouble, and some may still be hidden.

    Travels in the Far East Ellen Mary Hayes Peck
British Dictionary definitions for boxer


a person who boxes, either professionally or as a hobby; pugilist
a medium-sized smooth-haired breed of dog with a short nose and a docked tail


  1. a member of a nationalistic Chinese secret society that led an unsuccessful rebellion in 1900 against foreign interests in China
  2. (as modifier): the Boxer Rebellion
Word Origin
C18: rough translation of Chinese I Ho Ch'üan, literally: virtuous harmonious fist, altered from I Ho T'uan virtuous harmonious society
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for boxer

"fighter," late 15c., agent noun from box (v.2). The name of the breed of dog (1934), is from German (the breed originated in Germany), itself taken from English boxer "fighter;" the dog so called for its pugnaciousness. Boxer shorts (1943) so called from their resemblance to the attire worn in the ring.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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