catch·​er | \ ˈka-chər How to pronounce catcher (audio) , ˈke- \

Definition of catcher

: one that catches specifically : a baseball player positioned behind home plate

Examples of catcher in a Sentence

The cat is a good mouse catcher.
Recent Examples on the Web Backup catcher Tony Wolters replaced Contreras on Friday. Meghan Montemurro,, "3 takeaways from the Chicago Cubs’ 8-6 loss to the Cincinnati Reds, including Jake Arrieta’s cut thumb, Willson Contreras’ precautionary exit and Kris Bryant’s hot April," 1 May 2021 The bespectacled Courtney, player-coach and backup catcher, had a deceptively scholarly appearance. Paula Allen, San Antonio Express-News, "Lost-and-found photos recall great but short-lived San Antonio Bullets baseball team," 1 May 2021 He’s not a clean pass catcher despite bringing down 82 catches during his four-year career. Omar Kelly,, "Kelly: Top 25 players still available after second day of 2021 NFL draft | Analysis," 1 May 2021 Despite not having a receiver under contract for 2022, the Packers once again passed up an opportunity to add a pass catcher despite several intriguing options – including Ole Miss' Elijah Moore and LSU's Terrance Marshall Jr. – being available. Michael Middlehurst-schwartz, USA TODAY, "10 most questionable picks of 2021 NFL draft: Raiders, Steelers and Jets raise concerns," 30 Apr. 2021 Mann, who also works football and is chairman for football for the Fall Creek officials association, said baseball is unique because an umpire has to be comfortable crouching behind a catcher with an 80-plus mph fastball coming in your direction. Kyle Neddenriep, The Indianapolis Star, "'We need help': Umpire shortage is causing high school programs to cancel games," 28 Apr. 2021 In 1851 residents of the Mexican state of Coahuila took up arms to prevent Warren Adams, a slave catcher, from seizing a family of Blacks. David S. Reynolds, The New York Review of Books, "When Slaves Fled to Mexico," 27 Apr. 2021 Kinch, a catcher from Temecula, Calif., hit .600 last weekend against Nebraska, going 6-for-10 with four runs scored. Star Tribune, "Gophers' Jack Liffrig named Big Ten pitcher of the week," 20 Apr. 2021 The glue to this team is a super senior named Tanner Smith, a catcher who sometimes plays third base and is headed to Oregon State to play college baseball. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, "Basha senior catcher Tanner Smith the glue to young team featuring 7 starting sophomores, a freshman," 20 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of catcher

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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5 May 2021

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“Catcher.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of catcher

: someone or something that catches something
baseball : the player who plays behind home plate and catches the pitches thrown by the pitcher


catch·​er | \ ˈka-chər How to pronounce catcher (audio) , ˈke- \

Kids Definition of catcher

1 : someone or something that catches
2 : a baseball player who plays behind home plate

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