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 Stylistically, Judge has a fairly low-risk profile for a slugger. Tony Blengino, Forbes, 15 June 2022 Auburn’s coach, being so familiar with the Birmingham baseball scene, knew all about DiChiara’s reputation as a slugger before this season. Joseph Goodman |, al, 10 June 2022 Righty Alex Lange joined the action to face Mike Zunino, a right-handed slugger, with a runner on first and one out in the seventh. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 17 May 2022 Whyte, making his first challenge for a major world title after half a decade spent competing for lesser championships, is a come-forward slugger with a thunderous left hook. New York Times, 22 Apr. 2022 Price says fans should feel good about the recent acquisition of Austin Meadows, a left-handed slugger who Price says is a perfect fit for Comerica Park. Scott Talley,, 8 Apr. 2022 Twitter notifications popped up announcing the Braves had made the blockbuster trade for Olson, a younger left-handed slugger acquired to replace him as the club’s first baseman. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 19 Mar. 2022 Rizzo told The Sports Junkies on 106.7 The Fan on Wednesday that Washington plans to build around the 23-year-old slugger, who can become a free agent following the 2024 season. Creg Stephenson |, al, 2 June 2022 And for the next half hour, all eyes were on the Dodgers executives who have been leading the team’s pursuit of the 32-year-old slugger. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 14 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of slugger

1877, in the meaning defined above

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28 Jun 2022

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“Slugger.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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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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