pugilist + -ic, alternatively pugil + -istic.
pugilistic (comparative more pugilistic, superlative most pugilistic)
- in the manner of a pugilist
- 1898, H. G. Wells, The War of the Worlds, 1962 ed., Penguin Books, p. 101
- It was no time for pugilistic chivalry, and my brother laid him quiet with a kick, and gripped the collar of the man who pulled at the slender lady's arm.
- fighting with the fists