cor·​ner·​man | \ ˈkȯr-nər-ˌman How to pronounce cornerman (audio) \

Definition of cornerman

1 : one who plays in or near the corner: such as
b : a basketball forward
2 : a boxer's second

Examples of cornerman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sanders listened, and then delivered a cornerman’s pep talk. Elizabeth Bruenig, Star Tribune, "I asked Bernie Sanders if it was all over. 'No,' he groaned.," 18 Aug. 2020 The event took place hours after a fighter and two of his cornermen tested positive for COVID-19. Los Angeles Times, "Column: UFC carried on in wake of positive COVID-19 tests. Will other leagues?," 10 May 2020 Souza’s two cornermen also tested as positive, the UFC said. Fox News, "UFC 249 ushers in fan-free, mask-filled era of sports," 9 May 2020 Despite the strict quarantine measures, one fighter did test positive for COVID-19 as did two of his cornermen. John Whisler,, "Texas reopening will put a burden on small fight promoter," 14 May 2020 Though one fighter on the card and two of his cornermen tested positive for the virus before the event, UFC 249 carried on. Sean Gregory, Time, "Major League Baseball Is Planning a Comeback. Here's Why That Won't Be Easy," 13 May 2020 The spotlight on the fight only intensified when one fighter, Jacaré Souza, and two of his cornermen tested positive for COVID-19 a day before the stacked card. Mark Long, The Christian Science Monitor, "Is UFC a good model for the return of pro sports?," 10 May 2020 There are plenty of options for Rhodes’ cornerman, but as the comments from that Twitter post indicate, a popular choice is Arn Anderson, whose former tag team partner, Tully Blanchard, is already in Spears’ corner. Justin Barrasso,, "The Five Biggest Questions Ahead of AEW ‘All Out’," 30 Aug. 2019 Never short on opinions on boxing or his nephew, Roger made headlines as the cornerman for Floyd Jr.'s fight against Zab Judah in Las Vegas in 2006. Kirkland Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "Roger Mayweather, former trainer of Floyd Mayweather Jr., dead at age 58," 17 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of cornerman

1957, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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