fade·​away | \ ˈfād-ə-ˌwā How to pronounce fadeaway (audio) \
plural fadeaways

Definition of fadeaway

 (Entry 1 of 2)

b : a slide in which a base runner throws his or her body sideways to avoid the tag
c basketball : a shot made or attempted while moving away from the basket Rick Fox sank a 12-foot fadeaway with 1:10 left for a 93-91 Lakers lead …The New York Times
2 : an act or instance of fading away



Definition of fadeaway (Entry 2 of 2)

: made or attempted while moving away from the basket a fadeaway jump shot

Examples of fadeaway in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun James' turnaround, fadeaway jumper with 1:01 to go gave Cleveland a 113-107 lead, and his two foul shots with 11.1 seconds remaining forged the Cavs' three-point lead. Joe Vardon, cleveland.com, "Cavaliers outlast Bulls 115-112; Warriors next," 22 Dec. 2017 Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday missed a runner on the Pelicans' final possession of the fourth and Randolph airballed a fadeaway at the buzzer, sending the game to overtime. William Guillory, NOLA.com, "Pelicans melt down late, fall to the Kings in OT: Final score, stats and recap," 9 Dec. 2017 In Game 2, Preston received a pass on the baseline before shooting a stepback fadeaway. Jesse Newell, kansascity, "Why Billy Preston — already — is KU basketball’s most fascinating player," 1 Oct. 2017 Buddy Hield’s key offensive rebound, fittingly on a missed fadeaway jumper, set up George Hill’s 17-footer that gave the Kings a five-point lead with 30 seconds remaining. Stefan Stevenson, star-telegram, "Rebound issues come back to haunt Mavericks," 20 Oct. 2017 Performance-wise, these new Yeezys are serious high-tops, which is good news for all of you weekend ballers who aren't trying to tweak an ankle on your next fadeaway jumper. Jake Woolf, GQ, "Kanye West's Yeezy Boost Basketball Sneakers Could be Dropping Soon," 13 Oct. 2017 Porter threw up a fadeaway shot that missed, and his momentum carried him backward, over a chair that fell to the ground with him. Aaron Reiss, kansascity, "Jontay Porter should contribute for Mizzou. How he does might depend on the game," 4 Oct. 2017 But for many, many years, Dirk has found a way to launch one-footed fadeaways against determined defenders. Rohan Nadkarni, SI.com, "The Crossover's NBA 1-on-1 Tournament: Round of 32," 18 Sep. 2017 Toliver sandwiched a short fadeaway jumper and a 3-pointer around two free throws and a 3-point play by Ruffin-Pratt during a 10-4 run that gave Washington a 77-72 lead with 4:20 and Phoenix (13-12) trailed the rest of the way. baltimoresun.com, "Digest: Matt Wieters breaks tie in 8th with grand slam in Nationals' 9-4 win over Cubs," 6 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of fadeaway


1909, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1932, in the meaning defined above

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“Fadeaway.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fadeaway. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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