[ puh-loo-kuh ]
/ pəˈlu kə /
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an athlete, especially a boxer, lacking in ability, experience, or competitive spirit.
a stupid, clumsy person.
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Origin of palooka
An Americanism dating back to 1920–25; origin uncertain
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Example sentences from the Web for palooka
Unfazed, Bugs Bunny says, “Watch me paste this pathetic palooka with a powerful paralyzing perfect pachydermous percussion pitch.”‘Baseball Bugs’ at 75: How a Looney Tunes classic left its mark on America’s pastime|Frederic J. Frommer|February 25, 2021|Washington Post
British Dictionary definitions for palooka
/ (pəˈluːkə) /
US slang a stupid or clumsy boxer or other person
Word Origin for palooka
C20: origin uncertain
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