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boxer

[bok-ser] /ˈbɒk sər/
noun
1.
a person who fights as a sport, usually with gloved fists, according to set rules; prize-fighter; pugilist.
2.
one of a German breed of medium-sized, stocky, short-haired, pug-faced dogs having a brindled or tan coat with white markings.
3.
a person or thing that packs items into boxes.
4.
boxers, boxer shorts.
Origin
1735-1745
1735-45; box2 + -er1

Boxer

[bok-ser] /ˈbɒk sər/
noun
1.
a member of a Chinese secret society that carried on an unsuccessful uprising, 1898–1900 (Boxer Rebellion) principally against foreigners, culminating in a siege of foreign legations in Peking that was put down by an international expeditionary force.
Origin
translation of Chinese yìhé juǎn Righteous Harmony Fist, name of the militant policy of the yìhé tuán Righteous Harmony Group

boxer shorts

noun, (used with a plural verb)
1.
men's loose-fitting undershorts with an elastic waistband.
Also called boxers.
Origin
1945-50
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  • Bill is a weightlifter a large muscular man who coaches teenage boxers.
  • In contrast with amateur boxing, professional male boxers have to be bare chested.
  • Some boxers fight from a crouch, leaning forward and keeping their feet closer together.
  • It is especially popular with smaller stature boxers trying to reach taller opponents.
British Dictionary definitions for boxers

boxer

/ˈbɒksə/
noun
1.
a person who boxes, either professionally or as a hobby; pugilist
2.
a medium-sized smooth-haired breed of dog with a short nose and a docked tail

Boxer

/ˈbɒksə/
noun
1.
  1. a member of a nationalistic Chinese secret society that led an unsuccessful rebellion in 1900 against foreign interests in China
  2. (as modifier): the Boxer Rebellion
Word Origin
C18: rough translation of Chinese I Ho Ch'üan, literally: virtuous harmonious fist, altered from I Ho T'uan virtuous harmonious society

boxer shorts

plural noun
1.
men's underpants shaped like shorts but having a front opening Also called boxers
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Word Origin and History for boxers

boxer

n.

"fighter," late 15c., agent noun from box (v.2). The name of the breed of dog (1934), is from German (the breed originated in Germany), itself taken from English boxer "fighter;" the dog so called for its pugnaciousness. Boxer shorts (1943) so called from their resemblance to the attire worn in the ring.

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