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 Third baseman Alford hit .400 with four home runs and 14 RBIs in the shortened 2020 season while Soliz, a strong-armed catcher, had five homers and 12 RBIs with a .295 batting average. Dennis Victory, al, "AHSAA Sports Week all-star baseball teams selected," 20 May 2020 Something Real’ features Moe Berg, a very famous baseball catcher in the 1930s and 1940s, who became a spy for the OSS—the American secret service—during the war. Geek's Guide To The Galaxy, WIRED, "Baseball and Sci-Fi Make Quite the Team," 2 May 2020 According to the Chicago Tribune, Donahue — who was a catcher for the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League that inspired the 1992 Penny Marshall film A League of Their Own — met Henschel in Canada during her off-season. Ariana Brockington,, "After Decades Of Hiding Her Truth, A Secret Love’s Pat Henschel Is Back Home," 29 Apr. 2020 The Browns gave Baker Mayfield a pass catcher with the No. Tim Bielik, cleveland, "NFL Draft 2020 tracker: Relive the pick-by-pick results, news and notes from Rounds 4-7," 25 Apr. 2020 By mid-September, Pohl also called in outside help: a rat catcher named Aaron Zaik, who had trained in the Black Sea port of Odessa and also worked in New York City and Seattle. Bess Lovejoy, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Pioneering Health Officer Who Saved Portland From the Plague," 25 Mar. 2020 Mater Dei High School star and Oregon Ducks pledge Kyron Ware-Hudson has built a reputation as being a big-bodied, physical pass-catcher. oregonlive, "Kyron Ware-Hudson, Oregon Ducks 4-star WR commit, makes stunning one-handed TD catch: Video," 24 Feb. 2020 Cordero is a catcher/infielder for the Skeeters who is coming off one of the most productive seasons of his career. Roy Kent, Houston Chronicle, "Longtime Sugar Land Skeeters catcher is first player signing for 2020 season," 14 Jan. 2020 The tactic typically involves a team watching the hand signs used by an opposing team, such as those between a catcher and a pitcher. Jason Duaine Hahn,, "Former Houston Astros Player Claims Team Cheated by Using Camera to Steal Signs During 2017 Season," 13 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of catcher

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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28 May 2020

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“Catcher.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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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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