Definition of battler in US English:



  • 1A person who battles or fights.

    • ‘They're a bunch of battlers and defending is a priority.’
    • ‘He told the Evening Press he was hoping for an even bigger response to this year's event at Pocklington FC on Sunday, when 14 of Britain's beefiest battlers will tackle six muscle-stretching events.’
    • ‘The names of his fellow battlers will emerge on Tuesday.’
    • ‘But first, let's review the fights, and see just where our battlers stand!’
    • ‘It was a brave call against a self-confessed battler who likes nothing better than a hard-nosed scrap.’
    • ‘‘She's a battler and a fighter and she never gives in,’ said her son, Geoffrey.’
    • ‘But the credence of his claims was reinforced by the fact that the Brockton-born battler was smaller in stature than most he fought.’
    • ‘Carol, 61, of Chelsea Street, Keighley, has described her new husband as a real battler.’
    advocate, proponent, promoter, proposer, supporter, standard-bearer, torch-bearer, defender, protector, upholder, backer, exponent, patron, sponsor, prime mover
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    1. 1.1NZ, Australian A person who refuses to admit defeat in the face of difficulty.
      ‘a battler taking swings at opponents and rallying friends’
      • ‘We have State Labor governments in panic mode over sloppy relationships with business interests whilst workers and battlers get slammed.’
      • ‘I've always said that if you need to raise money then you go where the battlers live - they always dig deep,’ he said.’
      • ‘The political constraints placed on the bank back then have come home to roost, as the bank increases rates just as the economy starts to stall, a double blow to Howard's heavily-mortgaged battlers.’
      • ‘Howard's decent, hard-working battlers are best epitomised by the Kerrigan family - decent people trying to survive being run over by corporate greed.’
      • ‘Tonight on Four Corners, the winners and losers in a market where water barons, battlers, governments and the river itself wrestle over water.’
      • ‘The new Liberals are the defenders of conservative (small c) suburban values that offer comfort to the battlers and the aspirationals.’
      • ‘You're up against a media portrayal of Penrith as a club of battlers and strugglers?’
      • ‘A much more interesting way of looking at the elites vs. battlers debate is to accept the premise that there are competing elites, and competing visions of the good society.’
      • ‘At first it was a bunch of the usual suspects - passionate battlers with plenty of experience, as was shown in the ‘warm up’ round where everyone appeared to know what they were doing.’
      • ‘Latham's message potentially appeals to traditional Labor votes who've stuck with Labor, and the aspirational battlers who've gone to Howard.’
      • ‘Australia has always liked the idea of the rebel, the battler.’
      • ‘But so what - we have been able to cause upsets in the past few years with the same battlers we have now and the same coach.’
      • ‘Gwynnie's dad, Bruce, directed this sloppy, indifferent road flick about six battlers gathering in Omaha for a karaoke showdown.’
      • ‘There were similar endless squabbles over how things should be run, and by whom, and a population of battlers trying to rise a little in the world.’
      • ‘Concerning the battlers, I think more people are battling.’
      • ‘Tax dollars, paid by Australian battlers who could never hope to afford private health insurance, top up the 30% rebate.’
      • ‘Whilst the Federal Government keeps claiming that they are providing great value for taxpayers by cutting taxes, there have been a number of battlers complaining about increases in the cost of living.’
      • ‘None of these candidates seem to inspire those voters who might call themselves ‘normal’ Aussie battlers.’