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.

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Gone was Mike Zunino, their starting catcher, and almost all their veteran relievers. Larry Stone, The Seattle Times, "Historic or hysterical? Mariners’ magical start borders on the absurd, but oh what fun it is," 12 Apr. 2019 His catcher will be Carlos Perez, who had his injury rehabilitation assignment transferred from Double A Frisco to Round Rock. Drew Davison, star-telegram, "Rangers notes: Chris Martin returns from brief minor league stint," 4 July 2018 And with the game out of hand, Counsell turned to his starting catcher, Kratz, to get him through the eighth inning on the mound. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Shortened roster comes back to bite Brewers in the end," 30 June 2018 The Yankees were already without their first-string catcher, Gary Sanchez, who is on the disabled list with a strained groin. David Waldstein, New York Times, "Sonny Gray Is Battered by Red Sox, Emphasizing Yankees’ Need for Rotation Help," 30 June 2018 So, as the story goes, in one of his first starts this spring watched by a large number of scouts, Singer shook off his catcher into nine consecutive changeups. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "The future of the Royals through the eyes of the man building it," 29 June 2018 Thole spent four years in the big leagues with the Mets, including two stints as their starting catcher in 2011 and 2012., "Regional Digest: Governor's Cup Roster Announced For Connecticut," 26 June 2018 Their catchers wear wristbands detailing the tendencies of opposing batters. Matt Breen,, "How the Phillies are using analytics to steal more bases," 27 Apr. 2018 Jeff Mathis, a catcher who will celebrate his 36th birthday next month, owns a batting average of .198 since debuting with the Los Angeles Angels in 2005. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "One of the Worst Hitters in Baseball History Is Now a Hot Commodity," 25 Feb. 2019

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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 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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