slugger

[ sluhg-er ]
/ ˈslʌg ər /

noun

a person who strikes hard, especially a boxer noted for the ability to deliver hard punches.
Baseball. a player who frequently gets extra-base hits; a strong hitter.

Nearby words

  1. slug-a-bed,
  2. slugabed,
  3. slugfest,
  4. sluggard,
  5. sluggardly,
  6. slugging average,
  7. sluggish,
  8. sluggishly,
  9. sluice,
  10. sluicegate

Origin of slugger

An Americanism dating back to 1875–80; slug2 + -er1

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British Dictionary definitions for slugger

slugger

/ (ˈslʌɡə) /

noun

(esp in boxing, baseball, etc) a person who strikes hard
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Word Origin and History for slugger

slugger

n.

1877, originally in baseball, agent noun from slug (v.). Meaning "one who hits with the fists" is from 1883.

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