from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Eager or disposed to fight; belligerent. See Synonyms at argumentative.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Given to fighting; disposed to engage in combat; pugnacious.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Disposed to engage in combat; pugnacious.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Disposed to combat; pugnacious; showing a disposition to fight, contend, or oppose.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having or showing a ready disposition to fight
  • adj. striving to overcome in argument
  • adj. inclined or showing an inclination to dispute or disagree, even to engage in law suits


Sorry, no etymologies found.


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  • From the book The Hunger Games by Suzanne

    "We are forbidden to engage in any combative exercise with another tribute."

    November 29, 2010