[ puhnch-druhngk ]
/ ˈpʌntʃˌdrʌŋk /


(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.

Nearby words

  1. punch out,
  2. punch press,
  3. punch spoon,
  4. punch-and-judy show,
  5. punch-bowl,
  6. punch-drunk syndrome,
  7. punch-out,
  8. punch-up,
  9. punchbag,
  10. punchball

Origin of punch-drunk

An Americanism dating back to 1915–20

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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
dazed; stupefied
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Medicine definitions for punch-drunk



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

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