fill-in

noun
\ ˈfil-ˌin \

Definition of fill-in 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: someone or something that fills in

fill in

verb

Definition of fill in (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to enrich (something, such as a design) with detail

2 : to give necessary or recently acquired information to I'll fill you in

intransitive verb

: to fill a vacancy usually temporarily interns filled in for regular staffers

Keep scrolling for more

Examples of fill-in in a Sentence

Verb

my friend quickly filled me in on the portion of the movie that I had missed she's only filling in while the regular secretary is on vacation

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Though the ditches were filled in during subsequent centuries, deep trenches remain beneath the surface of the ground. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "A Heat Wave is Revealing Centuries-Old Sites in Wales," 11 July 2018 Most of the trenches that zig zagged throughout this landscape were filled in and plowed over after the war. Nick Stockton, WIRED, "Laser-Shooting Planes Uncover the Horror and Humanity of World War I," 9 July 2018 But Tesla’s website says a Model 3 reservation placed today will be filled in approximately six to nine months. Charley Grant, WSJ, "Tesla’s Big Number Doesn’t Solve Its Problems," 2 July 2018 In the broader category of transportation and warehousing, which also includes trucking and other industries as well as delivery workers, more jobs were posted than were filled in April. Author: Ann D'innocenzio, David Koenigap, Anchorage Daily News, "Faster delivery of nearly everything is the next big thing," 1 July 2018 There’s a lot of vineyard space between Virginia and California, and thankfully some of it has been filled in since the early days of the republic. Michael Austin, chicagotribune.com, "For the Fourth, drink American: Syrah, pinot, grenache and a vineyard full of other U.S. wines," 28 June 2018 All of them are filled in with cheap particle board painted a conspicuous white. New York Times, "What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week," 27 June 2018 McConnell said that the vacancy should not be filled in an election year and that the nominee should be up to the next president. William Cummings, USA TODAY, "Chris Matthews: 'Hell to pay' if Democrats don't block Trump's Supreme Court pick," 27 June 2018 Sand bags have been filled in Montgomery and the Community Development team along with public works officials delivered them to South Moon Barbecue, a restaurant that is usually the first to experience flooding in the village. Judy Pochel, Aurora Beacon-News, "Fox River rises to 'minor' flood level in Montgomery," 22 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'fill-in.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of fill-in

Noun

1917, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1840, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about fill-in

Statistics for fill-in

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for fill-in

The first known use of fill-in was in 1840

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for fill-in

fill-in

noun

English Language Learners Definition of fill-in

: someone who takes the place of another person who is away for a short time : someone who fills in for someone else

More from Merriam-Webster on fill-in

See words that rhyme with fill-in

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for fill-in

Comments on fill-in

What made you want to look up fill-in? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to deposit or conceal in a hiding place

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Food Quiz

True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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