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 carriers are also keeping 5G away from their low-cost flanker brands for now. PCMAG, 20 Sep. 2022 Mack played flanker under John Jardine and lettered in 1972, 1973 and 1974. Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 16 May 2022 For the next seven years Cappelletti started at end and flanker. John Powers, BostonGlobe.com, 13 May 2022 Late in the first half, Sherman inserted Barnes and Patton as slot receivers, replacing two running backs, while keeping his regular pass-catchers, flanker Kyle Rote and ends Del Shofner and Joe Walton, in the game. Richard Goldstein, New York Times, 4 May 2022 Jaguar Jon Arnett was a fast, quick and shifty running back, flanker and punt returner. Los Angeles Times, 8 Feb. 2022 In 1966, after Otto Graham became Washington’s head coach, Mr. Taylor was moved to split end, forming a remarkable receiving corps that included Hall of Fame flanker Bobby Mitchell and tight end Jerry Smith. Washington Post, 20 Feb. 2022 Samuel lines up at split end, flanker, slot, halfback and any other position 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan can dream up. Tom Silverstein, USA TODAY, 23 Jan. 2022 Kitchens has been having the quarterback throw the ball quicker, with a number of tight end and flanker screens. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 12 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of flanker

1940, in the meaning defined above

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27 Sep 2022

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“Flanker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flanker. Accessed 6 Oct. 2022.

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