(especially of a boxer) having cerebral concussion caused by repeated blows to the head and consequently exhibiting unsteadiness of gait, hand tremors, slow muscular movement, hesitant speech, and dulled mentality.
Informal. befuddled; dazed.
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How to use punch-drunk in a sentence
Then it may well be the case that the Irish public is punch drunk with revelations of shocking abuses of children from the past.Ireland’s ‘Mother and Baby Home’ Horror Goes Beyond Tuam’s Dead Infants | Patsy McGarry | June 6, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
It felt like I was watching a lame reappropriation of the paradise scenes in punch-drunk Love.Emmys 2013: What Show Should Win It All? Our Critics Debate | Kevin Fallon, Marlow Stern | September 21, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
More recently, I loved Bright Star, Punch Drunk Love, and Nobody Knows.Miranda July Talks About Her New Book 'It Chooses You' | Carolyn Sun | November 23, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
I fear there was overmuch wine-drinking, and I am sure there was a fearful amount of punch drunk.Duffels | Edward Eggleston
He sounded like he might be drunk, or merely punch-drunk with excitement.Makers | Cory Doctorow
Gladys was looking at him in appreciative if slightly punch-drunk delight.Murder in the Gunroom | Henry Beam Piper
It wasnt a dream, Nick muttered, shaking his head like a punch-drunk fighter.The Sex Life of the Gods | Michael Knerr
This punch-drunk pounding on the Cretan-Dorian fracas as if it were the only battle going and the only way to work things.The Big Time | Fritz Reuter Leiber
British Dictionary definitions for punch-drunk
demonstrating or characteristic of the behaviour of a person who has suffered repeated blows to the head, esp a professional boxer
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