slug·​ger | \ ˈslə-gər How to pronounce slugger (audio) \

Definition of slugger

: one that strikes hard or with heavy blows: such as
a : a prizefighter who punches hard but has usually little defensive skill
b : a hard-hitting batter in baseball

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Recent Examples on the Web Other potential movers include third baseman Scott Rolen (35.5%), reliever Billy Wagner (31.7%) and slugger Gary Sheffield (30.5%). Time, "Derek Jeter, Larry Walker Elected to Baseball Hall of Fame," 22 Jan. 2020 The Rangers on Friday avoided arbitration hearings with all three of their eligible players, including slugger Joey Gallo. Sam Blum, Dallas News, "Rangers avoid arbitration by reaching deals with Joey Gallo, two others," 10 Jan. 2020 Two other stars to emerge in 2019 were New York Mets slugger Pete Alonso ( 53 home runs, NL rookie of the year) and Tour de France winner Egan Bernal. Pat Graham, The Denver Post, "Starting with Colorado’s Brooke Raboutou, here’s some up-and-coming athletes to watch in 2020," 31 Dec. 2019 Weiss shared clubhouses with the Hall of Famers Rickey Henderson, Chipper Jones and Harold Baines — and steroid-era sluggers like Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire — but calls Walker the best player on any of his teams. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, "Larry Walker Played Like a Hall of Famer, Through Thick and Thin Air," 27 Dec. 2019 Texas went 78-84, then missed out on a pair of free-agent targets at the recent winter meetings, watching star pitcher Gerrit Cole and slugger Anthony Rendon sign with other teams. Tom Withers, Houston Chronicle, "Source: Indians send Corey Kluber to Rangers in deal," 15 Dec. 2019 After a two-year reign in the NL Central, the Cubs are once again chasing the Cards and Mozeliak, who acquired slugger Paul Goldschmidt and signed free-agent reliever Andrew Miller last offseason while the Cubs looked for some extra couch change. Paul Sullivan,, "Column: Baseball winter meetings ‘winners’ are defined by amount of activity in the Twitter age. But the best move still can be the one you don’t make.," 7 Dec. 2019 Cleveland slugger Vic Wertz sent a pitch from reliever Don Liddle screaming into the extended expanse of the Polo Ground's center field. Mark Inabinett |, al, "Alabama 200: See top 10 sports moments in Alabama history," 27 Nov. 2019 Green Bay Packers tight end Jimmy Graham and team assistant trainer Nate Weir recreated the height difference between New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge and Houston Astros shortstop Jose Altuve. Christopher Brito, CBS News, "LeBron James completely transforms into Edward Scissorhands for his Halloween costume," 1 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of slugger

1877, in the meaning defined above

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27 Jan 2020

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“Slugger.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 27 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of slugger

: a boxer who punches hard
baseball : a batter who hits many home runs


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Kids Definition of slugger

: a boxer or baseball batter who hits hard

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