fun·​go | \ ˈfəŋ-(ˌ)gō How to pronounce fungo (audio) \
plural fungoes

Definition of fungo

1 : 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
2 : fungo bat

Examples of fungo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Coaches strode the field wearing masks and carrying fungo bats. Matt Kawahara,, "A’s Melvin to address team on health precautions amid virus: ‘Take this seriously’," 4 July 2020 Slash all the electronic cables with machetes, fungo-bat the monitors to smithereens. Scott Ostler,, "Baseball and technology? Let’s pull the plug," 27 Feb. 2020 First-base coach Daryl Boston has been working Palka with fungo drills. Phil Thompson,, "Yoan Moncada has untapped power from right side, Rick Renteria says," 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,, "Shohei Ohtani eager for more as Angels balance work for 2-way star," 12 Apr. 2018 And dad liked to take us to Lincoln Park and hit fungos to my twin brother, Javier, and me. John Hickey, The Mercury News, "Adam and Will Rosales proselytize for baseball," 11 Apr. 2017 Since then, his only baseball activity has been hitting one-handed fungos to teammates in ground ball practice. Nick Groke, The Denver Post, "Colorado skipper Bud Black faces the Padres with a new perch; Rockies still scanning Desmond, Dahl and Murphy," 10 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of fungo

circa 1867, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for fungo

origin unknown

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“Fungo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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