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palooka

[ puh-loo-kuh ]
/ pəˈlu kə /
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noun Slang.

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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British Dictionary definitions for palooka

palooka
/ (pəˈluːkə) /

noun

US slang a stupid or clumsy boxer or other person
C20: origin uncertain
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