dugout

noun

dug·​out ˈdəg-ˌau̇t How to pronounce dugout (audio)
1
: a boat made by hollowing out a large log
2
a
: a shelter dug in a hillside
also : a shelter dug in the ground and roofed with sod
b
: an area in the side of a trench for quarters, storage, or protection
3
: either of two low shelters on either side of and facing a baseball diamond that contain the players' benches

Examples of dugout in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web A lot of fun rounding the bases and getting back to the dugout with the rest of the guys. Tom Murphy, arkansasonline.com, 17 Feb. 2024 Part of snug fit is the fact that Chris Young, a former player under Bochy in San Diego, is the Rangers general manager who dangled the carrot of a dugout return. Bryce Miller, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Feb. 2024 The 20-year-old did leave the action early thanks to his knock, though, and could be seen in the dugout with his ankle wrapped in ice and foot rested on a cool box. Tom Sanderson, Forbes, 11 Feb. 2024 People might want to watch a baseball game from the dugout or do a virtual fitness class. Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, 30 Jan. 2024 France signified his respect to Mullins on his way back to the dugout. Reader Commentary, Baltimore Sun, 5 Jan. 2024 In the dugout Brent Strom, pitching coach: Veteran baseball man graduated from San Diego High and pitched two seasons (1975-76) for the Padres, going a combined 20-24. Ryan Finley, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Oct. 2023 Then, promising surveillance unfolded with the sighting of eight Russian soldiers entering a dugout. Serhii Korolchuk, Washington Post, 4 Oct. 2023 Talk with the Clippers about their strong start and the tone can take on a baseball dugout protecting against the jinx of a no-hitter. Andrew Greif, Los Angeles Times, 23 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1819, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of dugout was in 1819

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“Dugout.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dugout. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

dugout

noun
dug·​out ˈdəg-ˌau̇t How to pronounce dugout (audio)
1
: a boat made by hollowing out a log
2
: a shelter dug in a hillside or in the ground
3
: a low shelter facing a baseball diamond and containing the players' bench
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