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 The backup catcher Kottaras normally only played during Randy Wolf starts, but this was an exception when Brewers manager Ron Roenicke tried to stack his lineup with lefties against Houston's Bud Norris. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12 May 2022 The streak, the longest for any player to debut in this century, ended with a foul tip that landed in the catcher’s glove, which officially counts as a whiff. Jared Diamond, WSJ, 10 May 2022 Being extraordinarily fast, obviously, doesn’t guarantee a college pass-catcher will be any good at the next level. Eric Branch, San Francisco Chronicle, 9 May 2022 The former Alabama pass-catcher was among the six players released by Kansas City on Thursday in the wake of last week’s NFL Draft. Mark Inabinett |, al, 5 May 2022 Performing in Scangarello’s preferred outside zone running scheme while proving himself as a pass-catcher should help. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, 2 May 2022 Bell is a smooth, savvy pass catcher with dependable ball skills (4.7 percent career drop rate) and flashes Michael Pittman-like ability at times. Scott Patsko, cleveland, 29 Apr. 2022 In the fifth inning on Saturday, Marte backhanded a ball hit by the Mets’ slow-footed catcher, Tomas Nido, and, rather than taking his time and setting his feet, Marte hurried a weak throw, allowing Nido to leg out an infield single. Nick Piecoro, The Arizona Republic, 24 Apr. 2022 The pitcher and catcher have receivers in their caps, and three other fielders—typically the two middle infielders and the center fielder—can wear receivers. Mike Digiovannastaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 7 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of catcher

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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17 May 2022

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“Catcher.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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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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