- a person or machine that cuts hay and spreads it to dry.
- Slang. a punch delivered with great force, especially one that results in a knockout.
Origin of haymaker
Examples from the Web for haymaker
Had a lynx or other prowler captured the haymaker in the unsheltered hayfield?Watched by Wild Animals
Enos A. Mills
I took careful aim and threw a haymaker, giving it everything I had.The Telenizer
The sum total might be a quart, but would it be the same thing to the haymaker?Feeding the Mind
Keep the rake, says the haymaker, as nigh the scythe as you can, and the cart as nigh the rake.Essays
Ralph Waldo Emerson
As the man threw up his hands in an involuntary motion to shield his face, Johnny landed a haymaker square on his chin.The Firebug
Roy J. Snell
- a person who helps to cut, turn, toss, spread, or carry hay
- Also called: hay conditioner either of two machines, one designed to crush stems of hay, the other to break and bend them, in order to cause more rapid and even drying
- boxing slang a wild swinging punch
Word Origin and History for haymaker
mid-15c. as the name of an agricultural occupation (hay-making is attested from c.1400); 1910 in the sense of "very strong blow with the fist," from hay + agent noun of make; the punch probably so called for resemblance to the wide swinging stroke of a scythe. Haymaker punch attested from 1907.