pugnacious

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Pugnacious \Pug*na"cious\, adjective [L. pugnax, -acis, fr. pugnare to fight. Cf. {Pugilism}, {Fist}.] Disposed to fight; inclined to fighting; quarrelsome; fighting. --{Pug*na"cious*ly}, adverb -- {Pug*na"cious*ness}, n.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

pugnacious

adjective

1: tough and callous by virtue of experience [syn: {hard- bitten}, {hard-boiled}, {pugnacious}]

2: ready and able to resort to force or violence; "pugnacious spirits...lamented that there was so little prospect of an exhilarating disturbance"- Herman Melville; "they were rough and determined fighting men" [syn: {pugnacious}, {rough}]


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