full·​back | \ ˈfu̇l-ˌbak How to pronounce fullback (audio) \

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)

Examples of fullback in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the 10-minute radio interview conducted by hosts Bobby Carpenter and Jacob Hester -- the former LSU fullback who played for Saban and Fisher in 2004 -- Saban was not asked about any of the specifics of Fisher’s news conference. Mike Rodak | Mrodak@al.com, al, 19 May 2022 The fullback returns for a second season with Orlando and will be another key figure in the backline. Mike Gramajo, Orlando Sentinel, 16 Apr. 2022 Patrick Ricard, also an unrestricted free agent, might be the best fullback in the league but that position has become less popular with the implementation of spread offenses in recent years. Mike Preston, baltimoresun.com, 8 Mar. 2022 The Buzz: The speedy fullback is entering his fourth season with the Lions after joining the team on loan in 2019. Austin David, orlandosentinel.com, 26 Feb. 2022 Less than a year after announcing his retirement from Major League Soccer, the celebrated and former Philadelphia Union fullback Ray Gaddis is returning to the field with FC Cincinnati. Pat Brennan, The Enquirer, 5 Jan. 2022 The fullback who can effectively block, run and catch put on his typical, under-the-radar display of versatility and value in the 49ers’ 34-26 win over the Vikings. Eric Branch, San Francisco Chronicle, 30 Nov. 2021 The eccentric fullback put together an electrifying performance, racking up 156 yards and two touchdowns before taking a seat in the second half as the Thunderbirds coasted to a 69-0 victory. Zach Mason, San Antonio Express-News, 19 Oct. 2021 Orlando came out with a different look in its formation, putting fullback Carrie Lawrence at centerback while moving Megan Montefusco up into the midfield. Austin David, Orlando Sentinel, 8 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of fullback

1875, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of fullback was in 1875

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4 Jul 2022

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“Fullback.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fullback. Accessed 4 Jul. 2022.

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full·​back | \ ˈfu̇l-ˌbak How to pronounce fullback (audio) \

Kids Definition of fullback

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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