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palooka Syllabification: pa·loo·ka
Pronunciation: /pəˈlo͞okə/

Definition of palooka in English:


North American informal
1A stupid, uncouth person; a lout.
Example sentences
  • Unless they're all palookas from the South Side, the writers come from leafy suburbs; and that loading zone behind the shopping center is not an alley.
  • And frankly, a palooka Rollins is: covered head to toe with tattoos and belching metallic tales of power run amok and self-sufficiency.
  • Maybe it's the only reason Neo's been hanging out with an old palooka like me.
1.1US dated An inferior or average prizefighter.
Example sentences
  • One boxer has plenty of pop, can hit bad pitches, and is a fun at-bat, while the other is your average palooka with a wood stick.
  • Tyson was the palooka in his last fight, knocked out by Danny Williams in the fourth round last July 30.
  • Relegated to fighting palookas in tiny towns, he was asked to tape a 10-second promotion for a local TV station in Florida.


1920s: of unknown origin.

Words that rhyme with palooka

bazooka, euchre, farruca, lucre, pooka, rebuker, snooker, Stuka, verruca
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