halfback

noun half·back \ ˈhaf-ˌbak , ˈhäf- \
|Updated on: 19 Jun 2018

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)

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First Known Use of halfback

1882

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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HALFBACK Defined for English Language Learners

halfback

Definition of halfback for English Language Learners

  • American football : a player on offense who lines up next to the fullback and who runs with the ball and blocks

  • : a defensive player in games like soccer and field hockey who is positioned in front of the fullback


HALFBACK Defined for Kids

halfback

noun half·back \ ˈhaf-ˌbak , ˈhäf- \

Definition of halfback for Students

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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