Etymology
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slugger (n.)

1877, originally in baseball, agent noun from slug (v.). Meaning "one who hits with the fists" is from 1883.

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Definitions of slugger

slugger (n.)
(baseball) a ballplayer who is batting;
Synonyms: batter / hitter / batsman
slugger (n.)
a boxer noted for an ability to deliver hard punches;
Synonyms: slogger
From wordnet.princeton.edu