Origin of pugnacious
Examples from the Web for pugnacious
He said that on the whole he got a better reception from Republicans, especially the pugnacious Sen. John McCain (R-AZ).
He is a pugnacious writer and speaker himself, well used to picking intellectual fights.
And typically, the pugnacious New Jerseyan refuses to back away.A Thinner Chris Christie Still Faces Big Political Challenges|Robert Shrum|May 10, 2013|DAILY BEAST
An early Zionist leader, prideful, pugnacious, Ussishkin headed the Jewish National Fund for nearly 20 years.
He served as a pugnacious and dedicated leader of the opposition.
But they are pugnacious to others of their kind, especially at the breeding season.Birds of the Indian Hills|Douglas Dewar
The grasping home makes the pugnacious disturber of the public peace.Religious Education in the Family|Henry F. Cope
The Roman Empire will never lose its pugnacious character while your sect exists.Imaginary Conversations and Poems|Walter Savage Landor
Either bargaining was more hotly carried on there, or spirits of a pugnacious tendency were congregated.The Settler and the Savage|R.M. Ballantyne
That their birds are more quarrelsome and pugnacious than ours I think evident.Locusts and Wild Honey|John Burroughs
British Dictionary definitions for pugnacious
Word Origin for pugnacious
Word Origin and History for pugnacious
1640s, a back-formation from pugnacity or else from Latin pugnacis, genitive of pugnax "combative, fond of fighting," from pugnare "to fight," especially with the fists, "contend against," from pugnus "a fist," from PIE *pung-, nasalized form of root *peuk-, *peug- "to stick, stab, to prick" (cf. Greek pyx "with clenched fist," pygme "fist, boxing," pyktes "boxer;" Latin pungere "to pierce, prick").