Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

hater

[hey-ter]
See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
noun
  1. a person who has an intense dislike for another person or thing (often used in combination): I'm a big hater of opera. Are you a dog-hater?
  2. Informal. a person who thrives on showing hate toward, criticizing, or belittling other people or things, usually unfairly: The guy is just a hater, looking for a fight.
Show More

Origin of hater

1350–1400; Middle English; see hate + -er1
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for hater

Historical Examples

  • Hater for me, which he received and brought home to me, of which I am full glad.

    Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete

    Samuel Pepys

  • Hater out of the office to my house to sit and talk with me.

  • Mr. Hater' was with me to-day, and I agreed with him to be my clerk.

  • The bearer of it, as well as the spear itself, was named “Tsitialainga,” which means “Hater of Lies.”

    The Fugitives

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • It is as the Hater of sin that He is revealed to us in ever-clearer forms from the first page of revelation to the last.


British Dictionary definitions for hater

hater

noun
    1. someone who hates a specified person or thinga passionate hater of tyranny
    2. (in combination)a woman-hater; a cop-hater
  1. informal, mainly US and Canadian a grudging or spiteful person, esp one who disparages othersDon't let the haters get you down
Show More
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for hater

n.

late 14c., "one who hates, an enemy," agent noun from hate (v.).

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper