- (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.
Origin of punch-drunk
An Americanism dating back to 1915–20
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Related Words for punch-drunkagog, befuddled, confused, dizzy, dumbfounded, dumbstruck, lost, muddled, perplexed, punchy, puzzled, baffled, dazzled, flustered, rattled, slap-happy, staggered
Examples from the Web for punch-drunk
Contemporary Examples of punch-drunk
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Historical Examples of 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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- Showing signs of brain damage caused by repeated blows to the head. Used especially of a boxer.
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