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[puh-loo-kuh] /pəˈlu kə/

noun, Slang.
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]


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