lead·​off | \ ˈlēd-ˌȯf How to pronounce leadoff (audio) \

Definition of leadoff

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a beginning or leading action
2 : one that leads off

lead off

\ ˈlēd- How to pronounce lead off (audio) \
led off; leading off; leads off

Definition of lead off (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: begin also : to come on or perform first

transitive verb

1 : to make a start on : open
2 : to bat first for a baseball team in (an inning)

Other Words from leadoff


leadoff adjective

Examples of leadoff in a Sentence

Verb plans to lead off the news conference with a prepared statement
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Gragnani went to see the lefthander pitch against UNC-Wilmington, a team that featured a first-round talent (Greg Jones, whom the Rays drafted that year) as the leadoff hitter. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 13 Dec. 2021 The Cubs went into the season expecting Happ to fill the leadoff hitter role. Meghan Montemurro, chicagotribune.com, 8 Nov. 2021 There was more news about an hour before the game when it was announced that Braves right fielder and leadoff hitter Jorge Soler had tested positive for COVID-19 and was out for the remainder of the NLDS. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12 Oct. 2021 In Game 6 the Astros will go with Luis Garcia, who also started Game 2, allowing a grand slam in the first inning and being lifted after walking the leadoff batter in the second. BostonGlobe.com, 22 Oct. 2021 Craig Kimbrel walked the leadoff batter but retired the next two before being replaced by Aaron Bummer with a runner on third. Lamond Pope, chicagotribune.com, 21 Aug. 2021 Hadeen, the leadoff batter, banged out five hits, including a three-run triple in the ninth and a two-run single in the fifth. Anchorage Daily News, 2 Aug. 2021 United States center fielder and leadoff batter Haylie McCleney led the Olympic softball tournament with nine hits. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, 27 July 2021 The UC Riverside signee batted .388 as the leadoff batter for the Palomares League champions and Division 1 semifinalists. Eric Sondheimer Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 5 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Minnesota had forced a seventh game the day before, taking a 5-0 lead off Claude Osteen and Howie Reed. Los Angeles Times, 23 Oct. 2021 But after earning a one-goal lead off a Chris Mueller score in the 45th minute, the team came out of halftime flat from the locker room for the second game in a row. Julia Poe, orlandosentinel.com, 21 Oct. 2021 The Braves hurlers support a lineup depleted with the loss of lead off hitter Ronald Acuna Jr., and cleanup hitter Marcell Ozuna. Ray Glier, Forbes, 18 Oct. 2021 Cueto wiggled his arms while taking a lead off first base as John Nogowski snuck behind him, then ran at such an elite speed that his helmet fell off after his fourth step. John Shea, San Francisco Chronicle, 23 July 2021 The Tigers took a 2-0 lead off Haps in the second inning when former Twin Jonathan Schoop singled and Eric Haase lofted a first-pitch fastball into the left-field seats. Phil Miller, Star Tribune, 8 July 2021 Matt Barnes came on in the ninth and despite giving up a lead off single to Matt Olson, closed out the victory. BostonGlobe.com, 5 July 2021 Juan Soto followed two batters later with a two-run drive, and Victor Robles added a solo homer in the second for a 4-0 lead off Hill (6-3), who said catcher Mike Zunino spotted him tipping his pitches during the first two innings. Ian Quillen, ajc, 30 June 2021 The Fisher Cats scored twice in the second inning to take a 2-0 lead off Hartford starter Garrett Schilling. Staff Report, courant.com, 20 June 2021

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First Known Use of leadoff


circa 1886, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1806, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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25 Jan 2022

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“Leadoff.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leadoff. Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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