fullback

noun full·back \ ˈfu̇l-ˌbak \
|Updated on: 20 Jun 2018

Definition of fullback

1 : an offensive football back used primarily for line plunges and blocking
2 : a primarily defensive player usually stationed nearest the defended goal (as in soccer or field hockey)

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First Known Use of fullback

1875

in the meaning defined at sense 2

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FULLBACK Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of fullback for English Language Learners

  • American football : a player on offense who lines up behind the line of scrimmage and who runs with the ball and blocks

  • : a defensive player in games like soccer and field hockey who is usually positioned near the goal


FULLBACK Defined for Kids

fullback

noun full·back \ ˈfu̇l-ˌbak \

Definition of fullback for Students

1 : a football player who runs with the ball and blocks
2 : a player in games like soccer and field hockey who is usually positioned near the goal

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