half·​back | \ ˈhaf-ˌbak How to pronounce halfback (audio) , ˈhäf- \

Definition of halfback

1 : one of the backs stationed near either flank in football
2 : a player stationed immediately behind the forward line (as in field hockey, soccer, or rugby)

Examples of halfback in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web All-Big Ten honors twice as a halfback in 1958 and 1960, then became a first-round pick of the Green Bay Packers and switched to defensive back and was a five-time All-Pro. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, 12 July 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 The first recipient was Fred Gehrke, the Rams halfback who devised the idea of a helmet logo in 1948. San Francisco Chronicle, 26 May 2022 The 6-2, 238-pound Okonkwo’s ability to block and line up as a halfback fits the Ravens’ run-heavy scheme. Ryan Mcfadden, Baltimore Sun, 30 Apr. 2022 Chosen by the 49ers with the eighth pick in the 1962 NFL Draft, Lance Alworth was an offensive and defensive halfback for the Razorbacks. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, 25 Apr. 2022 The Browns’ very first third-round pick in the NFL Draft was a halfback named Jimmy Joe Robinson. Scott Patsko, cleveland, 21 Apr. 2022 Okonkwo can generate yards after the catch, block and line up as a halfback, the kind of skill set the Ravens covet in a run-heavy scheme. Ryan Mcfadden, Baltimore Sun, 27 Apr. 2022 Lamonica combined with halfback Charlie Smith on a 43-yard touchdown play with 43 seconds left, his fourth scoring pass of the game, giving Oakland a 36-32 lead. New York Times, 21 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of halfback

1882, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Halfback.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/halfback. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for halfback


half·​back | \ ˈhaf-ˌbak How to pronounce halfback (audio) , ˈhäf- \

Kids Definition of halfback

1 : a football player who runs with the ball and blocks
2 : a player positioned behind the forward line in some games (as soccer)


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