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boxer

[ bok-ser ]
/ ˈbɒk sər /
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noun
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.
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Origin of boxer

First recorded in 1735–45; box2 + -er1

Other definitions for boxer (2 of 2)

Boxer
[ bok-ser ]
/ ˈbɒk sər /

noun
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 (now Beijing) that was put down by an international expeditionary force.

Origin of Boxer

First recorded in 1895–1900; translation of Chinese yìhé juǎn “Righteous Harmony Fist,” name of the militant policy of the yìhé tuán “Righteous Harmony Group”
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British Dictionary definitions for boxer (1 of 2)

boxer
/ (ˈbɒksə) /

noun
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

British Dictionary definitions for boxer (2 of 2)

Boxer
/ (ˈbɒksə) /

noun
  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 for Boxer

C18: rough translation of Chinese I Ho Ch'üan, literally: virtuous harmonious fist, altered from I Ho T'uan virtuous harmonious society
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