pugnacious

  • 1Pugnacious — Pug*na cious, a. [L. pugnax, acis, fr. pugnare to fight. Cf. {Pugilism}, {Fist}.] Disposed to fight; inclined to fighting; quarrelsome; fighting. {Pug*na cious*ly}, adv. {Pug*na cious*ness}, n. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2pugnacious — I adjective aggressive, antagonistic, argumentative, bellicose, belligerent, bickering, combative, contentious, defiant, disposed to fight, disputatious, dissentious, factious, fighting, fractious, given to fighting, hostile, inimical, militant,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 3pugnacious — 1640s, from L. pugnacis, gen. of pugnax combative, from pugnare to fight, from pugnus fist, from PIE root *peug to stick, stab (Cf. Gk. pyx with clenched fist, pygme fist, boxing, pyktes boxer; L …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4pugnacious — combative, *belligerent, bellicose, quarrelsome, contentious Analogous words: *aggressive, militant, assertive, self assertive, pushing, pushy Antonyms: pacific …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5pugnacious — [adj] belligerent aggressive, antagonistic, argumentative, bellicose, brawling, cantankerous, chip on shoulder*, choleric, combative, contentious, defiant, disputatious, have a bone to pick*, hottempered, irascible, irritable, itching to fight*,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 6pugnacious — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ eager or quick to argue, quarrel, or fight. DERIVATIVES pugnacity noun. ORIGIN from Latin pugnare to fight …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7pugnacious — [pug nā′shəs] adj. [< L pugnax, combative < pugnare, to fight (< IE base * peuĝ , to punch > Gr pygmē, fist, L pungere, to pierce) + OUS] eager and ready to fight; quarrelsome; combative SYN. BELLIGERENT pugnaciously adv. pugnacity… …

    English World dictionary

  • 8pugnacious — [[t]pʌgne͟ɪʃəs[/t]] ADJ GRADED Someone who is pugnacious is always ready to quarrel or start a fight. [FORMAL] The President was in a pugnacious mood when he spoke to journalists about the rebellion. Syn: argumentative …

    English dictionary

  • 9pugnacious — adjective Naturally aggressive or hostile; combative; belligerent. Not that the doctor was a bully, or even pugnacious, in the usual sense of the word; he had no disposition to provoke a fight, no propense love of quarrelling …

    Wiktionary

  • 10pugnacious — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. combative, quarrelsome, militant, belligerent, contentious, bellicose. See contention, irascibility.Ant., pacific. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. belligerent, defiant, antagonistic, combative; see… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 11pugnacious — pug|na|cious [pʌgˈneıʃəs] adj formal [Date: 1600 1700; : Latin; Origin: pugnax, from pugnare to fight ] very eager to argue or fight with people ▪ The professor had been pugnacious and irritable. >pugnaciously adv >pugnacity [pʌgˈnæsıti] n… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12pugnacious — [17] Latin pugnus meant ‘fist’ (it may have been related to Greek pugmé ‘fist’, source of English pygmy). From it was derived the verb pugnāre ‘hit with the fist’, hence ‘fight’, which has given English impugn [14], repugnant [14], and, via the… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 13pugnacious — adjective this looks like the kind of dive that appeals to pugnacious patrons Syn: combative, aggressive, antagonistic, belligerent, bellicose, warlike, quarrelsome, argumentative, contentious, disputatious, hostile, threatening, truculent; fiery …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 14pugnacious — [17] Latin pugnus meant ‘fist’ (it may have been related to Greek pugmé ‘fist’, source of English pygmy). From it was derived the verb pugnāre ‘hit with the fist’, hence ‘fight’, which has given English impugn [14], repugnant [14], and, via the… …

    Word origins

  • 15pugnacious — adjective Etymology: Latin pugnac , pugnax, from pugnare to fight more at pungent Date: 1642 having a quarrelsome or combative nature ; truculent Synonyms: see belligerent • pugnaciously adverb • pugnaciousness noun • pugnacity …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 16pugnacious — pugnaciously, adv. pugnacity /pug nas i tee/, pugnaciousness, n. /pug nay sheuhs/, adj. inclined to quarrel or fight readily; quarrelsome; belligerent; combative. [1635 45; pugnaci(ty) ( < L pugnacitas combativeness, equiv. to pugnaci , s. of&#8230; …

    Universalium

  • 17pugnacious — Synonyms and related words: aggressive, antagonistic, battling, bellicose, belligerent, bickering, bloodthirsty, bloody, bloody minded, brawling, chauvinist, chauvinistic, combative, contentious, disputatious, divisive, enemy, eristic, factional …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 18pugnacious — pug|na|cious [ pʌg neıʃəs ] adjective FORMAL quick to argue or fight with people ╾ pug|na|cious|ly adverb ╾ pug|nac|i|ty [ pʌg næsəti ] noun uncount …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 19pugnacious — pug·na·cious || pÊŒg neɪʃəs adj. inclined to fight, combative, truculent …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 20pugnacious — [pʌg neɪʃəs] adjective eager or quick to argue, quarrel, or fight. Derivatives pugnaciously adverb pugnacity noun Origin C17: from L. pugnax, pugnac (from pugnare to fight ) + ious …

    English new terms dictionary