Someone who battles or brawls with other people is a fighter. Some fighters, like boxers, do it professionally, while others just have a tendency to fight.

If you have a habit of getting into scuffles or fistfights, you're a fighter, and when you watch a boxing match, you might pick one of the two fighters to root for. An animal might also be described as a fighter: lions are natural fighters, and a fish struggling hard on the end of a hook is a fighter. Other fighters work heroically for a belief or ideal: "She was a fighter in the struggle for civil rights."

Definitions of fighter
  1. noun
    someone who fights (or is fighting)
    synonyms: battler, belligerent, combatant, scrapper
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    defender, withstander
    a fighter who holds out against attack
    boxer, pugilist
    someone who fights with his fists for sport
    a fighter (especially one who participates in brawls)
    a fighter who strikes the opponent with his head
    fencer, swordsman
    someone skilled at fencing
    (ancient Rome) a professional combatant or a captive who entertained the public by engaging in mortal combat
    an attacker who gouges out the antagonist's eye
    gamecock, hell-kite, hell-rooster
    someone who is a very fierce fighter
    a fighter who batters the opponent
    someone who skirmishes (e.g., as a member of a scouting party)
    street fighter, tough
    someone who learned to fight in the streets rather than being formally trained in the sport of boxing
    master, superior, victor
    a combatant who is able to defeat rivals
    grappler, matman, wrestler
    combatant who tries to throw opponent to the ground
    an amateur boxer who weighs no more than 119 pounds
    weighs 115-126 pounds
    slogger, slugger
    a boxer noted for an ability to deliver hard punches
    conqueror, vanquisher
    someone who is victorious by force of arms
    weighs 126-139 pounds
    an amateur boxer who weighs no more than 126 pounds
    an amateur boxer who weighs no more than 112 pounds
    weighs no more than 115 pounds
    a wrestler who weighs more than 214 pounds
    an amateur boxer who weighs no more than 201 pounds
    junior featherweight
    weighs no more than 122 pounds
    junior lightweight
    weighs no more than 130 pounds
    junior middleweight
    weighs no more than 154 pounds
    junior welterweight
    weighs no more than 140 pounds
    light flyweight
    an amateur boxer who weighs no more than 106 pounds
    light heavyweight
    a wrestler who weighs 192-214 pounds
    light heavyweight
    an amateur boxer who weighs no more than 179 pounds
    light middleweight
    an amateur boxer who weighs no more than 156 pounds
    a wrestler who weighs 139-154 pounds
    an amateur boxer who weighs no more than 132 pounds
    light welterweight
    an amateur boxer who weighs no more than 140 pounds
    a wrestler who weighs 172-192 pounds
    an amateur boxer who weighs no more than 165 pounds
    gladiator, prizefighter
    a professional boxer
    someone who delivers punches
    sparring mate, sparring partner
    a boxer who spars with another boxer who is training for an important fight
    palooka, stumblebum
    a second-rate prize fighter
    sumo wrestler
    a wrestler who participates in sumo (a Japanese form of wrestling)
    super heavyweight
    an amateur boxer who weighs more than 201 pounds
    a wrestler who weighs 154-172 pounds
    an amateur boxer who weighs no more than 148 pounds
    type of:
    individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul
    a human being
  2. noun
    someone who fights for a cause
    synonyms: champion, hero, paladin
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    type of:
    defender, guardian, protector, shielder
    a person who cares for persons or property
  3. noun
    a high-speed military or naval airplane designed to destroy enemy aircraft in the air
    synonyms: attack aircraft, fighter aircraft
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    a fast maneuverable fighter plane designed to intercept enemy aircraft
    a fighter plane used for suicide missions by Japanese pilots in World War II
    stealth fighter
    a fighter that is difficult to detect by radar; is built for precise targeting and uses laser-guided bombs
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    aeroplane, airplane, plane
    an aircraft that has a fixed wing and is powered by propellers or jets
    military plane, warplane
    an aircraft designed and used for combat
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