Definition of haymaker in US English:



  • 1A person who is involved in making hay, especially one who tosses and spreads it to dry after mowing.

    • ‘The Mayor Of Casterbridge is the tale of Henchard's rise from travelling haymaker to the richest corn merchant in the town of Casterbridge.’
    • ‘Nowhere have so many muscular and healthy bodies been put on display, so many entwined haymakers and tractor drivers, workers and peasants, strong men and women.’
    • ‘There was little visible sign even of agricultural activity, apart from glimpses of haymakers scything by hand.’
    • ‘He stops delivering mail to help some haymakers and is then off to the pub.’
    • ‘The drinks, in the form of ale, were taken by five haymakers who last summer spent 13 days mowing five acres of grassland in the park.’
    • ‘In the distance to the left can be seen haystacks and, possibly, haymakers.’
    • ‘Another time, one summer morn, he sees the haymakers at work.’
    • ‘Its been a week of catchy weather and many haymakers will be blessing the invention of plastic bags.’
    • ‘Lenin fled, hiding in a haymaker's hut before crossing the border into Finland.’
    1. 1.1 An apparatus for shaking and drying hay.
      • ‘The haymakers are on the Oakworth bank of the River Worth.’
  • 2informal A forceful blow.

    ‘he caught him on the side of the head with a stinging haymaker’
    • ‘Rob brought his arm back, and delivered a powerful haymaker to the guy's gut, knocking him down.’
    • ‘The young superhero threw an amazing combination of punches, kicks, and haymakers.’
    • ‘Paul dived in with a haymaker of a punch, missed, and ended up on the floor.’
    • ‘He swung his full weight behind a wild haymaker and caught the Welshman flush on his exposed chin.’
    • ‘At every opportunity he strides straight forward and throws huge, windmill haymakers with his right hand that seldom connect.’
    • ‘The Duke regained his senses just in time to see another haymaker about to be launched in his direction.’
    • ‘Believe me, I landed some haymakers in those eight debates that we had.’
    • ‘He was caught by a haymaker as he leaned back on the ropes.’
    • ‘‘Once I'm in the ring, I'm going to throw some haymakers,’ he said.’
    • ‘When she fights back, he delivers a ham-fisted haymaker across her jaw accompanied by a sound effect that made me wince.’
    • ‘Georgie gets a haymaker to the jaw for his insight.’
    • ‘He can lay a haymaker on a punk that will send him sailing through the air for almost half of a city block.’
    • ‘With a growl, Guts Man drew back a fist and struck Mega Man with a powerful haymaker punch.’
    • ‘He threw a monster left jab, which I deflected, then I countered with my hardest haymaker to his face.’
    • ‘Whether it's a jab or a haymaker, we have to throw the first blow.’
    • ‘In the West, the jab and the haymaker are the most common striking assaults in self-defense situations.’
    • ‘Pulling his fist back in a massive haymaker, he shot his arm forward with the force of a battering ram.’
    • ‘After a few haymakers, the antagonists waddled off arm in arm to get a little drunker.’
    • ‘The large reverberation that can be heard when a haymaker lands can make you recoil in pain.’
    • ‘His opponent spent the entire round throwing haymakers after haymakers only to hit nothing but wind.’