back-checked; back-checking; back-checks

intransitive verb

: to skate back toward one's own goal while closely defending against the offensive rushes of an opposing player in ice hockey
back-checker noun

Word History

First Known Use

1913, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of back-check was in 1913

Dictionary Entries Near back-check

Cite this Entry

“Back-check.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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