[ pyoo-juh-list ]
/ ˈpyu dʒə lɪst /


a person who fights with the fists; a boxer, usually a professional.

Nearby words

  1. puggree,
  2. puggy,
  3. pugh,
  4. pugil stick,
  5. pugilism,
  6. pugin,
  7. pugin, augustus charles,
  8. puglia,
  9. pugmark,
  10. pugnacious

Origin of pugilist

1780–90; < Latin pugil (see pugilism) + -ist

Related formspu·gi·lis·tic, adjectivepu·gi·lis·ti·cal·ly, adverbun·pu·gil·is·tic, adjective

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Word Origin and History for pugilist



1789, from Latin pugil "boxer, fist-fighter," related to pugnus "a fist" (see pugnacious) + -ist. Related: Pugilistic (1789); pugilistically. Pugil occasionally turns up in English as "boxer, fist-fighter" (from 1640s), but it has not caught on. Pugil stick (1962) was introduced by U.S. military as a substitute for rifles in bayonet drills.

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