nounrare, archaic, historical
A small handful, or a large pinch, of something.
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.
In full "pugil stick". A staff or pole with padded ends, used as a substitute for a rifle and bayonet in military training.
1950s; earliest use found in Great Bend (Kansas) Daily Tribune. Probably from pugil-.