But much of it is his pugnacious personality, says Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac poll.
And typically, the pugnacious New Jerseyan refuses to back away.
He served as a pugnacious and dedicated leader of the opposition.
1640s, a back-formation from pugnacity or else from Latin pugnacis, genitive of pugnax "combative, fond of fighting," from pugnare "to fight," especially with the fists, "contend against," from pugnus "a fist," from PIE *pung-, nasalized form of root *peuk-, *peug- "to stick, stab, to prick" (cf. Greek pyx "with clenched fist," pygme "fist, boxing," pyktes "boxer;" Latin pungere "to pierce, prick").