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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Tigers' starter Daniel Norris grooved Soler a 2-2 fastball in the third inning and the Royals' slugger didn't miss. Kollin Miller, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers lose at Kansas City after walk-off ends seesaw battle, 6-5," 4 Sep. 2019 The Dodgers have lost two 30-home run sluggers to injury in six days. Mike Digiovanna, Los Angeles Times, "Joc Pederson’s big game comes to a crashing halt in Dodgers’ blowout win over Rockies," 2 Sep. 2019 The Giants will likely call up Aramis Garcia to add catching depth and a few pitchers to aid the bullpen, but Shaw and fellow slugger Jaylin Davis may remain with the River Cats until their postseason ends. Kerry Crowley, The Mercury News, "Triple-A Sacramento breaks two-decade drought for SF Giants’ farm system," 30 Aug. 2019 An inning later, catcher Robinson Chirinos set up inside with lefty slugger Austin Meadows at bat. Hunter Atkins, Houston Chronicle, "Rays take see-saw battle from Astros to avoid sweep," 29 Aug. 2019 Profar, who began the season as Oakland’s starting second baseman, replaced slumping slugger Khris Davis, who grounded out as a pinch-hitter in the ninth and is in a 1-for-29 funk. Washington Post, "Giants rally behind Longoria to edge Athletics 5-4," 25 Aug. 2019 Various photos from the star’s birthday event showed party decorations featuring the retired slugger’s name and jersey number. Eric Todisco,, "Jennifer Lopez Sneaks on to ESPN Set to Surprise A-Rod with Birthday Cake," 29 July 2019 Size alone cannot explain why the Twins have become dominant sluggers as a team. James Wagner, New York Times, "How the Twins Are Obliterating Baseball’s Home Run Record," 25 July 2019 Auburn baseball slugger Edouard Julien will sign with the Minnesota Twins for a $493,000 signing bonus, head coach Butch Thompson told Sam Blum |,, "Auburn baseball’s Edouard Julien signs with Twins after getting huge 2nd offer," 9 July 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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