[ shad-oh-boks ]
/ ˈʃæd oʊˌbɒks /

verb (used without object)

to make the motions of attack and defense, as in boxing, as a training or conditioning procedure.
to evade or avoid direct or decisive action.

Nearby words

  1. shadow price,
  2. shadow roll,
  3. shadow test,
  4. shadow-box,
  5. shadow-figure,
  6. shadowed,
  7. shadowgraph,
  8. shadowing,
  9. shadowland,
  10. shadowless

Origin of shadowbox

First recorded in 1915–20; shadow + box2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Word Origin and History for shadow boxing

shadow boxing


1906; see shadow (n.) + box (v.2). To shadow-box (v.) is attested from 1932. Shadow-fight is attested from 1768; cf. also sciamachy.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper