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

Examples of slugger in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One development group, led by former Atlanta Braves slugger Mark Teixeira, planned a combination of luxury and affordable housing at Quarry Yards. Andy Peters, ajc, "Westside’s affordable housing gets a financing boost," 3 Feb. 2021 But surgery became inevitable for the 30-year-old slugger, manager Ron Gardenhire said Saturday. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers slugger C.J. Cron to have season-ending knee surgery," 15 Aug. 2020 The 35-year-old switch-hitting slugger has played for the Cleveland Indians, Nationals, Tampa Bay Rays, New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies and Texas Rangers, cranking out 199 home runs and 827 RBIs. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, "Hot Property: Zac Efron eyes an exit in Los Feliz," 26 Dec. 2020 Yet in this odd and truncated 2020 season, the greatest version of Freeman and a shutdown pitching staff have come together to place the 31-year-old slugger on the doorstep of the World Series. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Freddie Freeman, Ozzie Albies power unbeaten Braves to Game 2 win, commanding NLCS lead vs. Dodgers," 14 Oct. 2020 The $330 million slugger finished 1 for 2 with a walk before being replaced late in the blowout. Jake Seiner,, "Stetson alum Jacob DeGrom shines vs Phils’ Nola; Mets get 17 hits in 14-1 romp," 6 Sep. 2020 The 40-year-old slugger led off the fourth inning with a line drive that hit the facing of the second deck in left field. Brian Hall, Star Tribune, "Cruz homers twice; Twins beat Royals 4-1," 17 Aug. 2020 At six-feet-tall and with a slender frame, Aaron did not fit the prototype of the burly Ruthian slugger; much of his power derived from the speed of his wrists. Sean Gregory, Time, "Baseball Legend Hank Aaron Has Passed Away, But His Home Run Record Remains a Lesson in Courage and Commitment," 22 Jan. 2021 During his illustrious career, the slugger knocked 755 home runs, remained an unbroken record for decades. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "Baseball legend Hank Aaron dies at 86," 22 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of slugger

1877, in the meaning defined above

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28 Feb 2021

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“Slugger.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of slugger

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


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

Kids Definition of slugger

: a boxer or baseball batter who hits hard

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