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palooka (n.)

by 1926, "mediocre prizefighter," of unknown origin, credited to U.S. sportswriter and "Variety" staffer Jack "Con" Conway (1898-1928), who might at least have popularized it. Non-boxing sense of "average person" is from Joe Palooka, hero of Ham Fisher's boxing-themed comic strip, which debuted in 1930.

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Definitions of palooka from WordNet

palooka (n.)
a second-rate prize fighter;
Synonyms: stumblebum
From wordnet.princeton.edu