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 The swap to the Redskins also meant a position change for Mitchell, who played flanker in Washington and led the NFL in receiving yards in his first two seasons with the team. Jim Reineking, USA TODAY, "Bobby Mitchell, former Cleveland Browns and Washington Redskins star, dies at 84," 6 Apr. 2020 Mitchell, a halfback and flanker who played 11 seasons for the Browns (1958-61) and Washington Redskins (1962-68), was enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1983. Fox News, "Pro Football Hall of Famer Bobby Mitchell dead at 84," 6 Apr. 2020 Australia’s Reece Hodge was the first player banned for one, there were the two from the Samoans, England’s Piers Francis has been cited for one, and American flanker John Quill was sent off for one, the only red of the tournament so far. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Scotland aims to make amends amid Samoa’s personnel problems," 28 Sep. 2019 Following the episode, the flanker tried to turn his mind to immediate events -- dinner with his parents, rugby training the next day, and a club match in Wales at the weekend. George Ramsay, CNN, "'Go back to your country': Rugby star Maxime Mbanda recalls racist abuse," 28 Jan. 2020 James Davies makes his World Cup debut at openside flanker instead of Justin Tipuric, and his older brother Jonathan Davies starts the match at center. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Davies brothers picked together for Wales at Rugby World Cup," 7 Oct. 2019 Trailing 12-0 after eight minutes, the Welsh were also 19-10 behind and being dominated by France when Vahaamahina elbowed Wales flanker Aaron Wainwright in the face in a maul and was shown a red card in the 49th minute. Steve Douglas, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Wales rallies to beat 14-man France, reaches World Cup semis," 20 Oct. 2019 Swift exchanges created space for Ollivon and the rangy flanker cantered home to slide under the posts. Daniel Gallan, CNN, "Red card costs France as Wales surges to Rugby World Cup semifinal," 20 Oct. 2019 The back row combination of regular opensides Michael Hooper and David Pocock playing in tandem will be shelved against Uruguay, with Lukhan Salakaia-Loto deployed as a more traditional blindside flanker and Jack Dempsey getting a start at No. 8. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Cheika’s Australians to play with verve at Rugby World Cup," 3 Oct. 2019

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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 6 Aug. 2020.

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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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