Definition of pugnacious:
jolty, grating, agonistic, rocky, scratchy, hardened, fierce, unsmooth, attack, aggressive, jumpy, uncut, boisterous, approximative, contentious, militant, quarrelsome, gladiatorial, antagonistic, hard-bitten, harsh, rough, chippy, volatile, combative, truculent, jolting, cantankerous, feisty, discordant, bumpy, contrarian, study at belligerent, warlike, argumentative, bellicose, crude, assaultive, approximate, tough, confrontational, contrary, scrappy, hostile, rasping, raspy, combative, disputatious, case-hardened, brawly, agonistic, quarrelsome, defiant, gravelly, belligerent, rebellious, hard-boiled.
- "On the Banks of the Amazon", W.H.G. Kingston.
She was no more than just in time, for no sooner was she out of sight than along came a fierce- eyed little shrew- mouse, the most audacious and pugnacious of the mouse tribe, who would undoubtedly have robbed her of her prey, and perhaps made a meal of her at the same time.- "Children of the Wild", Charles G. D. Roberts.
- "Vanishing Roads and Other Essays", Richard Le Gallienne.