Synonyms for pugnacious

Synonyms for (adjective) pugnacious

Synonyms: pugnacious, rough

Definition: ready and able to resort to force or violence

Usage: pugnacious spirits...lamented that there was so little prospect of an exhilarating disturbance- Herman Melville; they were rough and determined fighting men

Similar words: aggressive

Definition: having or showing determination and energetic pursuit of your ends

Usage: an aggressive businessman; an aggressive basketball player; he was aggressive and imperious; positive in his convictions; aggressive drivers


Synonyms: hard-bitten, hard-boiled, pugnacious

Definition: tough and callous by virtue of experience

Similar words: tough

Definition: not given to gentleness or sentimentality

Usage: a tough character