dug·​out | \ ˈdəg-ˌau̇t How to pronounce dugout (audio) \

Definition of dugout

1 : a boat made by hollowing out a large log
2a : 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 Vázquez, who looked stunned, then made his way to the dugout. Peter Abraham, BostonGlobe.com, 1 Aug. 2022 Castillo walked slowly back to the dugout, took off his hat and pointed to the sky. Charlie Goldsmith, The Enquirer, 28 July 2022 After Prior returned to the dugout, all four umpires huddled before one went to chat with Giants manager Gabe Kapler. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 23 July 2022 After posing for photos by Blake’s father, Kershaw returned to the dugout for the final innings of the Midsummer Classic in a stadium full of fans who adore him just as much as Blake, who does baseball card reviews on YouTube. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 20 July 2022 With that consistency comes a more mature pitcher who is comfortable with all four of his pitches, including an upper-90s four-seam fastball and a changeup that has sent many opposing batters back to the dugout muttering to themselves. Tom Layberger, Forbes, 15 July 2022 Guardians All-Star third baseman Ramirez -- who has the second-most intentional walks in MLB this season -- got a pitch to hit, lining out to a sprinting Jimenez who hobbled to the dugout and left the game with leg tightness. Chris Fedor, cleveland, 13 July 2022 Fans stood and applauded as Johnny Cueto walked to the dugout after retiring Tucker Barnhart on a flyout to left to end the eighth inning. Lamond Pope, Chicago Tribune, 9 July 2022 Houck was in the dugout watching when Bogaerts scored the go-ahead run. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 16 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of dugout

1819, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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4 Aug 2022

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“Dugout.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dugout. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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dug·​out | \ ˈdəg-ˌau̇t How to pronounce dugout (audio) \

Kids Definition of dugout

1 : a low shelter facing a baseball diamond and containing the players' bench
2 : a shelter dug in a hillside or in the ground
3 : a boat made by hollowing out a log


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