[puh-loo-kuh] /pəˈlu kə/
an athlete, especially a boxer, lacking in ability, experience, or competitive spirit.
a stupid, clumsy person.
(US, slang) a stupid or clumsy boxer or other person
“mediocre prizefighter,” 1926, of unknown origin, credited to U.S. sportswriter and “Variety” staffer Jack Conway (d.1928). Non-boxing sense of “average person” is from Joe Palooka, hero of Ham Fisher’s comic strip.
[origin unknown; said to have been coined by the sports writer and humorist Jack Conway]
noun a place characterized by stupidity or dullness Word Origin palooka ‘average boxer’ + -ville ‘fictitious place’
[pah-laws] /ˈpɑ lɔs/ noun 1. a seaport in SW Spain: starting point of Columbus’s first voyage westward. /Spanish ˈpalɔs/ noun 1. a village and former port in SW Spain: starting point of Columbus’ voyage of discovery to America (1492)
[pal-oh san-toh] /ˈpæl oʊ ˈsæn toʊ/ noun 1. a South American tree, Bulnesia sarmienti, of the caltrop family, yielding a fragrant essential oil. 2. a tropical American tree, Triplaris americana, of the buckwheat family, having large leaves and showy red female flowers.
[pey-luh s] /ˈpeɪ ləs/ noun 1. a city in NE Illinois, near Chicago.