Main definitions of boxer in US English:

: boxer1Boxer2

boxer1

noun

  • 1A person who takes part in boxing, especially as a sport.

    • ‘He should be working to help boxers from within the sport rather than put himself outside it.’
    • ‘Daredevil possesses the acrobatic ability of a circus performer and the pugilistic skills of a boxer.’
    • ‘At age 13, Stevenson was asked to come to Havana to train as a boxer at the national sports complex.’
    • ‘It always makes me laugh like a little child when boxers get over-excited about a brawl at a boxing match!’
    • ‘Attending this boxing tournament was crucial for St Lucian boxers who need to stay active.’
    • ‘Unlike boxers today, he fought everybody when they were at the top of their tree.’
    • ‘Maxie had no punch but he was a great boxer who would win most of his fights on points.’
    • ‘There were also performances by boxers from the British Thai Boxing Council and other martial arts experts.’
    • ‘If we expect the best boxers, then only the best officials should be allowed to work.’
    • ‘Khan scores the first point of the bout in a cagey first round as both boxers size each other up.’
    • ‘In a tense, closely fought encounter the boxers were level going into the last round.’
    • ‘He used to be a middle-weight boxer so he taught me how to box when I was a little girl.’
    • ‘The highways of boxing are littered with boxers who try to re invent themselves only to end up as road kill.’
    • ‘Still, in his prime Randy fought the best and only lost to the best boxers of his time.’
    • ‘Just take a look at the dismal performance of our boxers against boxers from other provinces.’
    • ‘How would it be if certain states did not require male boxers to wear protective cups?’
    • ‘Sharmba is a great boxer, one of the best, but we need to prove that we are in a lead group.’
    • ‘My thing is to bring these kids up knowing how to respect themselves in and out of the ring as boxers and men.’
    • ‘So, if you have never attended a live boxing match, come along and watch some great young boxers in action.’
    • ‘Both fighters were capable of cutting off the ring and both were very good boxers.’
    fighter, pugilist, ringster, prizefighter, kick-boxer
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  • 2A medium-sized dog of a breed with a smooth brown coat and a broad squarish muzzle.

    • ‘Holding a photograph of her parents with their boxer dog William, Mrs Wilkins said it was how she wanted to remember them.’
    • ‘I have the utmost respect for boxers, a breed who put their lives on the line each time they compete.’
    • ‘Upon arriving at Scootypoof's place, I was really pleased to be greeted by Popeye the boxer dog and one of his favourite toys.’
    • ‘On the far left is Lisa, and Art and Luke Stowe with the Irish wolf hound Strider and their boxer Luke.’
    • ‘The genetic basis of the white spotting pattern in Dutch boxer dogs is not known.’

Pronunciation

boxer

/ˈbäksər//ˈbɑksər/

Main definitions of boxer in US English:

: boxer1Boxer2

Boxer2

noun

  • A member of a fiercely nationalistic Chinese secret society that flourished in the 19th century. In 1899 the society led a Chinese uprising (the Boxer Rebellion) against Western domination that was eventually crushed by a combined European force, aided by Japan and the US.

    • ‘Williams also describe the Western reaction on the killings ‘out of proportion’ and saw the Boxers as misguided country boys that were being directed against the foreigners, so the ruling class itself could avoid their wrath.’
    • ‘Notably, the Boxers ' vocal hatred for Westerners was concentrated in a few key areas, most particularly Peking.’
    • ‘The United States fought a bloody and repressive war to prevent Filipino independence, and participated in the military operations against the Boxers in China during the summer of 1900.’
    • ‘It should be noted that America had joined other western powers against the Boxers and collected from the Empress some reparations for losses.’
    • ‘In the international peacekeeping force that subdued the Boxers in 1900, the Japanese were the most numerous and most impressive.’
    • ‘Resentment of foreign influence encouraged the growth of a clandestine society called ‘Fists of Righteous Harmony’, known to Europeans as Boxers from its Chinese name and practice of ritual shadow-boxing.’
    • ‘One of the targets of the Boxers was the Manchu government.’
    • ‘In 1900 the Boxers besieged the foreign legations in Beijing for two months until they were relieved by an international force which occupied and looted the capital.’
    • ‘A Bavarian village youth, summoned by the Kaiser's call, volunteers to take part in the suppression of the Chinese Boxer rebellion.’
    • ‘The goal of the Boxers, or nationalistic Chinese, was to rid the country of foreigners, thus eliminating foreign intervention and exploitation of China.’
    • ‘Toward the end of the nineteenth century the Boxers, a secret society, emerged in Shantung and blamed China's problems on foreigners, especially the missionaries who had ventured out of the treaty ports and into the Chinese interior.’
    • ‘In June 1900, supported by the Manchu dynasty, the Boxers laid siege to the foreign legations in Peking.’
    • ‘They were the Boxers who fought with the Allied Forces of Eight Nations.’
    • ‘It hardly mattered if they had participated in the Boxer uprising.’
    • ‘Most of what is known about the early history of Thai Boxers comes from Burmese accounts of warfare between Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) and Thailand during the 15th and 16th centuries.’
    • ‘The concert entitled ‘Harmony So Sweet’ will feature the Aberlonddu male voice choir from Wales, members of the ex Boxers choir from Dublin, the Castlecomer male voice choir, and guest artists.’
    • ‘In response, the outside powers, including the United States, sent military forces to suppress the Boxers, protect the lives and property of their citizens, and restore order.’
    • ‘The Boxers were a secret society, originally formed to promote boxing.’
    • ‘The defeat of the Boxers led to the signing of the Boxer Protocols in September 1901, providing a $332 million indemnity.’
    • ‘The Qing, recognizing their compromised position, united with the Boxers to attack the Western presence in the country.’

Origin

From boxer, translating Chinese yì hé quán, literally ‘righteous harmony fists’.

Pronunciation

Boxer

/ˈbäksər//ˈbɑksər/