Main meanings of pugil in English

: pugil1pugil2

pugil1

Pronunciation /ˈpjuːdʒɪl/

noun

rare, archaic, historical
  • A small handful, or a large pinch, of something.

Origin

Late 16th century; earliest use found in George Baker (1540–1612), surgeon. From classical Latin pugillus handful from the same base as pugnus fist + -illus.

Main meanings of pugil in English

: pugil1pugil2

pugil2

Pronunciation /ˈpjuːdʒɪl/

noun

US Military
  • In full "pugil stick". A staff or pole with padded ends, used as a substitute for a rifle and bayonet in military training.

Origin

1950s; earliest use found in Great Bend (Kansas) Daily Tribune. Probably from pugil-.