hat·​er | \ ˈhā-tər How to pronounce hater (audio) \
plural haters

Definition of hater

1 : a person who hates someone or something a hater of spinach Instrumental in the growing anti-disco movement was Steve Dahl, a Chicago disc jockey and fervent disco hater— Peter Braunstein His vision of the computerized society becomes astoundingly apocalyptic, and even the most confirmed hater of bits and bytes will find some of his fears hard to take seriously.— James Gleick sometimes used in combination a man-haterStorm … might seem to provide ammunition to those who see Strindberg as a woman-hater.— Michael Billington
2 informal : a person who actively and aggressively criticizes and disparages something or someone (such as a celebrity or public figure) … throughout the campaign has demonstrated that he not only doesn't mind yapping with haters and detractors but actually seems to enjoy it.— Matt Taibbi There are a lot of haters out there who want you to screw up, so you have to check yourself.— Randy Moss Chrissy Teigen is no stranger to getting attacked on Twitter. She also knows how to deal with her haters in the perfect way.— Allyson Koerner

First Known Use of hater

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Hater.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hater. Accessed 12 Apr. 2021.

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