Definition of hard hitter in English:

hard hitter

noun

  • 1Chiefly Sport (originally Boxing). A person capable of striking something with force.

  • 2Figurative. A person who or thing which is energetic, uncompromising, or direct, especially in providing unpalatable facts or strong criticism.

  • 3Australian and NZ informal. More fully "hard-hitter hat". A bowler hat. Now chiefly historical.

Origin

Late 18th century. From hard + hitter.

Pronunciation

hard hitter

/ˌhɑːd ˈhɪtə/