an athlete, especially a boxer, lacking in ability, experience, or competitive spirit.
a stupid, clumsy person.
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How to use palooka in a sentence
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
US slang a stupid or clumsy boxer or other person
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