fun·​go ˈfəŋ-(ˌ)gō How to pronounce fungo (audio)
plural fungoes
: a fly ball hit especially for practice fielding by a player who tosses a ball in the air and hits it as it comes down

Examples of fungo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There are fungo drills and batting practice., 5 July 2021 Story in the swing Trevor Story (right wrist fracture) swung a fungo Tuesday and is progressing, the second baseman said. Julian McWilliams,, 9 Aug. 2022 Havre de Grace keeps the fungo for another year with a 6-3 win in Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference, Susquehanna Division play. Randy McRoberts, Baltimore Sun, 21 Apr. 2022 The best fungo golfer in the group Kapler watched: the other top candidate for Opening Night, Kevin Gausman. Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle, 25 Feb. 2021 Coaches strode the field wearing masks and carrying fungo bats. Matt Kawahara,, 4 July 2020 Slash all the electronic cables with machetes, fungo-bat the monitors to smithereens. Scott Ostler,, 27 Feb. 2020 First-base coach Daryl Boston has been working Palka with fungo drills. Phil Thompson,, 23 May 2018 While the Angels took infield before the Texas finale Wednesday, Ohtani stood by the cage with a bat in his hand waiting for BP near where Scioscia was hitting fungo to some infielders. Stephen Hawkins,, 12 Apr. 2018 See More

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Word History


origin unknown

First Known Use

circa 1867, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of fungo was circa 1867

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“Fungo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

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