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  1. a person or thing that pounds, pulverizes, or beats.
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Origin of pounder1

before 1050; Old English pūnere pestle (not found in ME); see pound1, -er1


  1. a person or thing having or associated with a weight or value of a pound or a specified number of pounds (often used in combination): He caught only one fish, but it was an eight-pounder.
  2. a gun that discharges a missile of a specified weight in pounds: a ten-pounder.
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Origin of pounder2

First recorded in 1635–45; pound2 + -er1
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for pounder

Historical Examples

  • He was about a three-hundred pounder, white and blue and green, a rare specimen of fish.

    Tales of Fishes

    Zane Grey

  • On the plain of Acre I picked up a cannon ball, probably a twelve pounder.

  • Then they replied with their rifles, and two Maxims and an eleven pounder were got to work.

  • The big twenty-four pounder was dismounted, and five of its crew killed.

  • I tell you it was exciting to hook a five or six pounder and have him make off with a lurch.

    Captain Mugford

    W.H.G. Kingston