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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The Astros got back on track on Sunday thanks to a boost from their new slugger. Brent Zwerneman, Houston Chronicle, "Yordan Álvarez homers in MLB debut to lift Astros over Orioles," 9 June 2019 Because of injuries, the Yankees have gone almost the entire year without their best hitter (Aaron Judge), their biggest slugger (Giancarlo Stanton) and their ace (Luis... Jared Diamond, WSJ, "Sorry, America: Even the Yankees’ Backups Are Great," 3 June 2019 Fisk and the American League sluggers beat Sandberg and the National Leaguers 17-16, with Fisk hitting four homers and Sandberg two. Chris Boghossian,, "Chicago ties run deep in original 'Home Run Derby,' a short-lived TV show at (the other) Wrigley Field," 13 July 2018 And when the sophomore slugger returned to action, his timing was a little off. John Maffei,, "Torrey Pines defeats Poway in 10 innings for Open Division title," 2 June 2018 Just a little more than a year ago, the Wolves slugger was not standing in the batter’s box. Haleigh Rowland,, "Timber Creek’s Parker Smith takes his licks, comes out slugging," 1 May 2018 This time, the Birmingham slugger rocketed a grand slam over left center to put the Barons ahead 9-7. Birmingham Barons,, "Rose, Barons Slam Shuckers in 11-7 Shootout," 30 Apr. 2018 Giancarlo Stanton, the slugger the Marlins traded to the Yankees over the winter. Clark Spencer, miamiherald, "Marlins get hammered by Phillies’ home run derby | Miami Herald," 7 Apr. 2018 The 19-year-old slugger has been the buzz of the Grapefruit League, with effortless swings that have gone viral, including a double off the left-field wall on Sunday against the Yankees using just one hand. Michael Salfino, WSJ, "Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Looks Like a Can’t-Miss Prospect," 4 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of slugger

1877, in the meaning defined above

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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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