Part of speech:
1822, T. Creevey, Reminiscences, 28 Jul:
Of the army, the navy, or military life; military
Temporarily or apparently deranged by violent sensations, emotions, or ideas:
The definition of pugnacious is eager to fight or disagree.
Of or characteristic of an enemy; warlike
Inclined or ready to quarrel
Provoking or likely to provoke controversy
The definition of combative is a person who likes to fight or argue.
(Psychiatry) Of or involving aggression
Of or characterized by opposing parties, as the plaintiff and defendant in a lawsuit
Assertive is defined as someone who is self-confident and strong willed, though sometimes domineering or pushy.
Characterized by or showing hostility:
(Music) Of, relating to, or being an emotionally charged style of performance marked by strong rhythms and improvisation:
(Slang) Hard to cope with; difficult or troublesome:
Fighting or warring.
Unpleasantly cold or wet:
The definition of ornery is someone bad tempered or stubborn.
Affording or forming shade; shady.
A hostile or warlike attitude, nature, or inclination; belligerency.
A rival business, team, etc.
One who is engaged in or experienced in battle.
(Informal) Fond of fighting, arguing, etc.; aggressive
One who fights, such as a soldier or boxer.
One who has much military experience or military skill
Designed or used for carrying out a hostile or aggressive attack
Inclined to act in a hostile way
A state of open, often prolonged fighting; a battle or war.
Alternative form of bully boy.
One who operates a tilt hammer.
Prone to argue or dispute
- Contentious suggests an inclination to argue or quarrel, usually with annoying persistence
- Pugnacious and quarrelsome both connote aggressiveness and a willingness to initiate a fight, but quarrelsome more often suggests pettiness and eagerness to fight for little or no reason
- Bellicose implies a warlike or hostile nature, suggesting a readiness to fight a bellicose mood
- Belligerent implies engagement in war or fighting or in actions that are likely to provoke fighting belligerent nations
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