bare·​hand ˈber-ˌhand How to pronounce barehand (audio)
barehanded; barehanding; barehands

transitive verb

: to catch or retrieve (a baseball) with a bare hand

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Hampson, knowing the speedy Acuña was chugging down the line, tried to barehand the toss to make a quicker throw. Paul Newberry, Sun Sentinel, 27 Apr. 2023 The Pirates loaded the bases off Gallen in the bottom of the third, the first three hitters reaching on a walk, a bunt single that would have been a sacrifice had Gallen been able to barehand the ball cleanly and throw to first base, and a single over shortstop. José M. Romero, The Arizona Republic, 5 June 2022 Cueto tried to barehand it, dropped it and scooped it up. John Shea, San Francisco Chronicle, 6 July 2021 The Padres quickly tied the score 1-1 on Eric Hosmer’s infield hit that second baseman Tommy La Stella failed to barehand. John Shea, San Francisco Chronicle, 30 Apr. 2021 Bassitt struck out Wilson Ramos and bounded off the mound to barehand Renato Nuñez’s dribbler for an out before Harold Castro’s two-run hit erased the A’s 1-0 lead. Matt Kawahara, San Francisco Chronicle, 18 Apr. 2021 Catching blistering line drives barehanded is a recipe for mangled digits, and several Barons wore bandages around their fingers on game day. Pat Mcdonogh, The Courier-Journal, 30 Oct. 2019 But Matt Olson picked up the bunt attempt barehanded and flipped it to catcher Sean Murphy, who easily tagged out Tom Murphy. Chris Talbott, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Sep. 2019 Watching Nolan Arenado’s barehanded snatches-and-throws, over-the-shoulder basket catches, pirouettes in the dirt and diving stops down the line have become routine for Rockies fans. Patrick Saunders, The Denver Post, 3 Nov. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1960, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of barehand was in 1960

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“Barehand.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2023.

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