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  1. (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.
  2. Informal. befuddled; dazed.

Origin of punch-drunk

An Americanism dating back to 1915–20
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  • 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

  • It wasnt a dream, Nick muttered, shaking his head like a punch-drunk fighter.

British Dictionary definitions for punch-drunk


  1. demonstrating or characteristic of the behaviour of a person who has suffered repeated blows to the head, esp a professional boxer
  2. dazed; stupefied
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punch-drunk in Medicine


  1. Showing signs of brain damage caused by repeated blows to the head. Used especially of a boxer.
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