Definition of fighter in English:



  • 1A person or animal that fights.

    ‘the distinction between civilian populations and fighters’
    • ‘There was a loud explosion sound and it sent the two fighters flying backwards down the hall.’
    • ‘Boxing has been through periods when it seems all the top fighters are ducking each other, but this isn't one of those periods.’
    • ‘We're brought up to think of boxing as a fair contest because the fighters weigh the same.’
    • ‘Sometimes a fighter competing at home feels more pressure than the opponent dealing with the hostile crowd.’
    • ‘We passed a checkpoint manned by opposition fighters and dozens of Jeeps packed with soldiers.’
    • ‘For that reason many fighters ducked him, and full credit to Mosley for taking the chance.’
    • ‘Ten minutes later Robert had nearly beaten one of the toughest aquatic fighters in the world.’
    • ‘The character of the young fighter is played quite wonderfully by Lucy McLellan.’
    • ‘It would be a jabbing contest with both fighters almost a mirror of one another.’
    • ‘Here's the reality check; Sugar Ray Robinson is the best pound-for-pound fighter in the history of the sport.’
    • ‘The former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world has more often been termed not a boxer, but a fighter.’
    • ‘He was without a doubt one of the most exciting fighters to watch during this time period.’
    • ‘He had not seen his beloved daughter in the mess of blood-splattered fighters.’
    • ‘It had been a large contest of fighters from all over to see who truly was the greatest fighter.’
    • ‘It meant something to be the champ to all four fighters and none of them took the easy way out.’
    • ‘The lion was normally a competent fighter, but he had been taken totally off-guard.’
    • ‘Fourteen of his other victims could not stand the brutal mauling by the fighter nicknamed the Slashing Tiger.’
    • ‘The fighters are grappling on the floor, tearing at each other, screaming abuse and growling like animals.’
    • ‘As well as being competent fighters, they were trained to use their magic to block magic in others.’
    • ‘The referee turned one last time to face the last competitor, the dark fighter from before.’
    soldier, fighting man, fighting woman, warrior, combatant, serviceman, servicewoman, trooper
    boxer, pugilist, prizefighter
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    1. 1.1A person who does not easily admit defeat in spite of difficulties or opposition.
      ‘there'll be months of physiotherapy but medical staff say she's a fighter’
      • ‘I am sure he is enjoying this season more than last season because Michael is a fighter, and fighters need competition.’
      • ‘Like Seabiscuit, all three men are fighters, and the horse with heart appeals to their spirit.’
      • ‘She knew how easy it would be for him to just die right then and there, but she also knew he was a determined fighter.’
      • ‘I'm quite a fighter but when depression hits it is really, really difficult.’
      • ‘True, but as everybody agrees, Tiger is a fighter and 68 is no bad way to start out in defence of his title.’
      • ‘He is described by Ben Anderson as both a slapstick character and a strong fighter.’
      • ‘Fact is, these Republicans in Congress are fighters and the Democrats are weak.’
      • ‘For that alone we bear those Republican fighters of eight decades ago a debt.’
  • 2A fast military aircraft designed for attacking other aircraft.

    [as modifier] ‘World War II fighter planes’
    • ‘The fighter pilots don't need to see the smugglers to mark them with their radar.’
    • ‘This information would give the Royal Air Force an early warning of an attack by enemy fighters.’
    • ‘Similarly, the commander of a fighter squadron must be a credible fighter pilot.’
    • ‘He went to sleep listening to fighters flying back and forth overhead.’
    • ‘She flew through a building that had a hole in it and lost the fighter squadron that was attacking her.’
    • ‘If you're Uncle Sam, do you want this character flying your expensive fighter jets?’
    • ‘However, it was the fighter aircraft that was to really suffer from this policy.’
    • ‘In his flight suit, flight cap and dark sunglasses, he was the classic picture of a fighter pilot.’
    • ‘An aircraft can be designed as a fighter plane or a jumbo jet.’
    • ‘Despite the fact he was flying a Republic fighter he still didn't truly feel he'd have a chance.’
    • ‘After a minute of flying, their fighters suddenly turned the opposite direction.’
    • ‘It had the most advanced fighter and bomber aircraft and the best trained crews.’
    • ‘It looked like a bomber group had gone off course, because there looked to be no fighters to contend with.’
    • ‘Jack then flipped on a small screen and watched the enemy fighters bear down on the Lexington.’
    • ‘Earlier the same day another pilot from the base had flown the same fighter and had not encountered any problems.’
    • ‘His painting decorated the noses of many fighters and bombers during World War Two.’
    • ‘He climbed up the ladder and looked proudly upon small fighters flying in and out of the docking bay.’
    • ‘Five fighters and two bombers were assigned a mission to drop propaganda leaflets on the city.’
    • ‘Low-flying fighter and fighter-bomber training goes on all the time over the Highlands.’
    • ‘His fighter group transitioned to escort duty after acquiring the new aircraft.’
    warplane, armed aircraft
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