drop shot

noun

: a delicately hit shot (as in tennis or squash) that drops quickly after crossing the net or dies after hitting a wall

Examples of drop shot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her backhand drop shot to earn set points in the first was a classic. John Pye, USA TODAY, 17 Jan. 2024 One rally in the second set lasted 30 shots, and ended with Gauff expertly handling a drop shot from Andreeva with a backhand approach shot for a winner. Lola Fadulu, New York Times, 30 Aug. 2023 Sakkari broke to open the second set when Gauff dumped a drop shot into the net. Howard Fendrich, USA TODAY, 7 Aug. 2023 The drop shot took the worm quickly to the bottom where the bigger bass fed at a more leisurely pace. Bryan Hendricks, Arkansas Online, 23 July 2023 Then a backhand drop shot from Djokovic clipped the net and hopped over, enabling Zverev time to run it down and reply with a sharply angled forehand cross-court winner. Andrew Dampf, ajc, 20 Nov. 2021 Serving at 3-5 in the fourth, Shelton raced into get a drop shot but hooked it wide to give Paul a match point. Adam Zagoria, Forbes, 25 Jan. 2023 The rig starts with a drop shot weight at the end of your line. Joe Cermele, Outdoor Life, 9 Jan. 2023 The 24-year-old star took an early advantage in the breaker and finished off Brooksby with a beautiful drop shot on the run towards the net. Peter Warren, Dallas News, 13 Feb. 2022

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'drop shot.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

First Known Use

1908, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of drop shot was in 1908

Dictionary Entries Near drop shot

Cite this Entry

“Drop shot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drop%20shot. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

More from Merriam-Webster on drop shot

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!