back play


Definition of back play

: batting in which the batsman steps back toward the wicket and plays the ball well behind the popping crease contrasted with forward play

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

First Known Use of back play

1844, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about back play

Time Traveler for back play

Time Traveler

The first known use of back play was in 1844

See more words from the same year

Statistics for back play

Cite this Entry

“Back play.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

Comments on back play

What made you want to look up back play? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Namesakes Word Quiz

  • a citrus fruit possibly named after a person
  • Which of the following is a fruit named after a Moroccan seaport?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!