Etymology
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Words related to box

boxing (n.)

"fighting with the fists as a sport," 1711, verbal noun from box (v.2). Boxing glove "padded glove used in sparring" is from 1805.

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bandbox (n.)

"light box of pasteboard or thin wood," originally made to hold the starched bands worn as collars in 17c. men's and women's dress, 1630s, from band (n.1) + box (n.1). Later used for other light articles of attire, but the name stuck. Typical of something fragile and flimsy, but it also was figurative of smallness and of neat, clean condition.

boxcar (n.)

also box-car, "large enclosed railway car for goods," 1856, American English, from box (n.1) + car.

box-cutter (n.)

1871, "one whose job is to cut boxes," from box (n.1) + cutter. From 1890 as a type of cutting machine; from 1944 as a hand-held bladed tool for cutting cardboard.

Boxing Day (n.)

1809, "first weekday after Christmas," on which by an English custom postmen, employees, and others can expect to receive a Christmas present; originally in reference to the custom of distributing the contents of the Christmas box, which had been placed in the church for charity collections. See box (n.1). The custom is older than the phrase.

box-kite (n.)

"type of kite built on four parallel struts," 1898, from box (n.1) + kite (n.); so called for its shape.

box-office (n.)

1786, "office in a theater in which tickets are sold," from box (n.1) + office (n.). Box is attested from late 14c. in the specialized sense of "money box," especially one in which money is kept for some particular purpose; this was extended to "funds, money" before c. 1400. Box office in the figurative sense of "financial element of a performance" is recorded by 1904.

box-top (n.)

"top of a cardboard packaging box," 1937, American English, from box (n.1) + top (n.1). They typically bore the name and address of the manufacturer and could be detached and shown as proof of purchase or to claim a radio premium or other advertising offer.

box-turtle (n.)

tortoise-like land-dwelling turtle of North America, 1825, American English for what is called by English writers a box-tortoise (1834), from box (n.1), so called for its resemblance to a tight, closed box when the head, tail, and legs are drawn in.

boxy (adj.)

"like a box in shape," 1858, from box (n.1) + -y (2). Related: Boxiness.