change·​up ˈchānj-ˌəp How to pronounce changeup (audio)
: a slow pitch in baseball thrown with the same motion as a fastball in order to deceive the batter

Examples of changeup in a Sentence

The batter struck out on a changeup.
Recent Examples on the Web May 7, 2024 Stone, leaning heavily on a fastball that averaged 94.2 mph and a changeup that averaged 86.5 mph, retired eight batters in a row to open the game before giving up a two-out single to Otto Lopez in the third. Mike Digiovanna, Los Angeles Times, 8 May 2024 The changeup registered 16 swings and nine whiffs, per Baseball Savant. Jaylon Thompson, Kansas City Star, 7 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for changeup 

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1943, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of changeup was circa 1943

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“Changeup.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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