pugilist

Pugilist is a fancy word for boxer, one who indulges in the noble art of pugilism, or fighting with one's fists.

Be warned when people use the term pugilist or you see it in the paper. Nowadays such a term is often sarcastic in tone and critical of boxing's claims for legitimacy, often suggesting it's essentially savagery masquerading as sport. If you hear "the term "fighter" you can be more certain it's used with approval, or at least without prejudice.

Definitions of pugilist
  1. noun
    someone who fights with his fists for sport
    synonyms: boxer
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    Cassius Marcellus Clay
    United States prizefighter who won the world heavyweight championship three times (born in 1942)
    James John Corbett
    United States heavyweight boxing champion (1866-1933)
    William Harrison Dempsey
    United States prizefighter who was world heavyweight champion (1895-1983)
    Charles Liston
    United States prizefighter who lost his world heavyweight championship to Cassius Clay in 1964 (1932-1970)
    Joseph Louis Barrow
    United States prizefighter who was world heavyweight champion for 12 years (1914-1981)
    Rocco Marciano
    United States prizefighter who won the world heavyweight championship in 1952 (1924-1969)
    Sugar Ray Robinson
    United States prizefighter who won the world middleweight championship five times and the world welterweight championship once (1921-1989)
    James Joseph Tunney
    United States prizefighter who won the world heavyweight championship by defeating Jack Dempsey twice (1898-1978)
    Michael Gerald Tyson
    United States prizefighter who was world heavyweight champion (born in 1966)
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    bantamweight
    an amateur boxer who weighs no more than 119 pounds
    slogger, slugger
    a boxer noted for an ability to deliver hard punches
    featherweight
    an amateur boxer who weighs no more than 126 pounds
    flyweight
    an amateur boxer who weighs no more than 112 pounds
    heavyweight
    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
    an amateur boxer who weighs no more than 179 pounds
    light middleweight
    an amateur boxer who weighs no more than 156 pounds
    lightweight
    an amateur boxer who weighs no more than 132 pounds
    light welterweight
    an amateur boxer who weighs no more than 140 pounds
    middleweight
    an amateur boxer who weighs no more than 165 pounds
    gladiator, prizefighter
    a professional boxer
    puncher
    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
    super heavyweight
    an amateur boxer who weighs more than 201 pounds
    welterweight
    an amateur boxer who weighs no more than 148 pounds
    featherweight
    a professional boxer who weighs between 123 and 126 pounds
    heavyweight
    a professional boxer who weighs more than 190 pounds
    cruiserweight, light heavyweight
    a professional boxer who weighs between 169 and 175 pounds
    lightweight
    a professional boxer who weighs between 131 and 135 pounds
    middleweight
    a professional boxer who weighs between 155 and 160 pounds
    welterweight
    a professional boxer who weighs between 141 and 147 pounds
    type of:
    battler, belligerent, combatant, fighter, scrapper
    someone who fights (or is fighting)
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