catch·​er | \ˈka-chər, 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.

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But then Charlie’s father dies, and to pay his debts, Charlie is forced to work for the odious Cap’n Buck, an evil plantation overseer and slave catcher. Constance Grady, Vox, "We read all 25 National Book Award finalists for 2018. Here’s what we thought.," 15 Nov. 2018 The Bixby cops, equipped with a catcher pole, surrounded the animal and placed the loop around its neck. Jennifer Earl, Fox News, "Oklahoma woman mistakes coyote for dog, awakes to wild animal in bedroom: 'He lunged at the door'," 12 Sep. 2018 Caleb Joseph has retaken the starting catcher job, starting 16 of the last 24 games behind the plate. Eduardo A. Encina,, "Orioles option catcher Chance Sisco to Triple-A Norfolk," 13 July 2018 Backup catcher Bryan Holaday filled in for Realmuto, reaching six times in three games and stroking the walk-off single on Monday night. Matthew Defranks,, "Catcher J.T. Realmuto returns to Marlins as an All-Star and a father," 13 July 2018 The Chicago Cubs will have two starters after catcher Willson Contreras and second baseman Javier Baez each won a close race at their position in fan balloting. Jay Cohen,, "Mike Trout leads stellar AL outfield for All-Star Game," 9 July 2018 A few feet in front of home plate, catcher James McCann reached for the ball, instead of allowing it to travel closer to the plate. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers are where Chicago Cubs were five years ago," 4 July 2018 Recent reports that surveillance devices known as IMSI catchers are quietly operating near the White House and other sensitive locations have sent lawmakers fishing for solutions. Derek Hawkins, Washington Post, "The Cybersecurity 202: Cellphone spying has lawmakers worried. But they don't know how to stop it.," 28 June 2018 Also making the jump were two other players who, along with Jimenez, recently played in the Southern League All-Star Game – catcher Seby Zavala and right-handed pitcher Ian Hamilton. Steve Lyttle, charlotteobserver, "Chicago White Sox’s top prospect joins Charlotte Knights," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of catcher

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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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, ˈke-\

Kids Definition of catcher

1 : someone or something that catches

2 : a baseball player who plays behind home plate

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