flank·​er | \ ˈflaŋ-kər How to pronounce flanker (audio) \

Definition of flanker

: a football player stationed wide of the formation slightly behind the line of scrimmage as a pass receiver

called also flanker back

Examples of flanker in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As a flanker, Jones could line up in the backfield, or go in motion (flank) and be a receiver. Rod Walker, NOLA.com, 26 Dec. 2020 Other guys can only play Z or the flanker position. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, 1 Dec. 2020 The legendary Eagles flanker Tommy McDonald came to her wedding. Mary Beth Mccauley, The Christian Science Monitor, 30 Nov. 2020 In Hill’s four years in New Orleans, Payton has found ways to use him at quarterback, tight end, flanker, slot receiver, halfback and fullback and as a blocker or gunner on special teams. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 29 Nov. 2020 The elder Morton is a 1995 Destrehan graduate who played the flanker position in the old wing-T offense run by the school in those days. Chris Dabe, NOLA.com, 30 Oct. 2020 The All-America flanker had 11 catches for 187 yards, but Sanders failed to find him in overtime. Berry Tramel, USA TODAY, 1 Nov. 2020 Hall, 45, played flanker at McDonogh 35 Senior High School before attending North Carolina A&T and earning a law degree at Southern University. John Simerman, NOLA.com, 28 Sep. 2020 Coaches said the position change would not be permanent, that Dickey could also learn the quarterback position as a flanker. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, 17 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of flanker

1940, in the meaning defined above

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“Flanker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flanker. Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of flanker

American football : a player on the offensive team whose position is toward the side and behind the line of scrimmage


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