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[puhnch-druhngk] /ˈpʌntʃˌdrʌŋk/
(especially of a boxer) having cerebral concussion caused by repeated blows to the head and consequently exhibiting unsteadiness of gait, hand tremors, slow muscular movement, hesitant speech, and dulled mentality.
Informal. befuddled; dazed.
Origin of punch-drunk
An Americanism dating back to 1915-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • This punch-drunk pounding on the Cretan-Dorian fracas as if it were the only battle going and the only way to work things.

    The Big Time Fritz Reuter Leiber
  • It wasnt a dream, Nick muttered, shaking his head like a punch-drunk fighter.

    The Sex Life of the Gods Michael Knerr
British Dictionary definitions for punch-drunk


demonstrating or characteristic of the behaviour of a person who has suffered repeated blows to the head, esp a professional boxer
dazed; stupefied
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punch-drunk in Medicine

punch-drunk (pŭnch'drŭngk')
Showing signs of brain damage caused by repeated blows to the head. Used especially of a boxer.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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Slang definitions & phrases for punch-drunk



  1. Exhibiting brain damage from repeated blows to the head; slow in movement, slurring in speech, disoriented and shambling; punchy, slap-happy
  2. Dazed from overwork, excessive stress, etc: He was punch-drunk after the annual meeting (1915+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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