The month before he had broken the ribs and gouged out the eyes of a pugilist named Sixmileswater.
She had put on a blue bath-robe, and looked like a pugilist about to enter the ring.
The strong armed women, generally negresses, have the developed muscles of the pugilist and the daring of the pirate.
"I'm all ready," said Richard, throwing himself into the attitude of the pugilist.
It was strange to hear him declaiming long speeches from Macbeth or Hamlet, and to think that he was by profession a pugilist.
He set himself square like a pugilist, which was his notion of resistance.
Aside from those hands he more resembled a pugilist than a scientist.
Perhaps a pugilist would have said that the younger "heeled" the other.
Certainly no one would have looked for a pugilist in this subdued old gentleman.
The muscularity, purchased by excessive nutriment, of the Bœotian pugilist.
1789, from Latin pugil "boxer, fist-fighter," related to pugnus "a fist" (see pugnacious) + -ist. Related: Pugilistic (1789); pugilistically. Pugil occasionally turns up in English as "boxer, fist-fighter" (from 1640s), but it has not caught on. Pugil stick (1962) was introduced by U.S. military as a substitute for rifles in bayonet drills.