line·​back·​er | \ ˈlīn-ˌba-kər How to pronounce linebacker (audio) \

Definition of linebacker

: a defensive football player who lines up immediately behind the line of scrimmage to make tackles on running plays through the line or defend against short passes

Examples of linebacker in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Junior linebacker Levani Damuni almost assuredly will lead Stanford in tackles this season. Steve Kroner, San Francisco Chronicle, 26 Nov. 2021 The defensive is led by Louisville commit Popeye Williams (85 tackles, 20 for loss), junior linebacker Tyler Dikos (138 tackles), Hauser (116 tackles, three interceptions) and junior Dillon Thieneman (99 tackles, eight tackles for loss). Kyle Neddenriep, The Indianapolis Star, 26 Nov. 2021 But this figures to be a huge challenge against a fast, athletic, physical defense, led by junior middle linebacker Fili Snuka Laulu, who has 115 tackles and 6.5 sacks. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, 25 Nov. 2021 Junior middle linebacker Luke Brockermeyer sustained a knee injury in Tuesday’s practice and will not play Friday against Kansas State. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, 24 Nov. 2021 The fifth-year junior linebacker leads the Pac-12 with 115 tackles, an average of 10.5 per game. oregonlive, 22 Nov. 2021 Among Whittingham’s non-seniors, fifth-year junior linebacker Devin Lloyd technically has one more year of eligibility, but has already accepted a Senior Bowl invitation and is projected as a first-round pick in the NFL Draft on April 28. Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, 22 Nov. 2021 Enter Avalos, 40, who played linebacker at Boise State from 2001-04 and was an assistant coach there from 2012-18. San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Nov. 2021 In that game, the Bengals only played one linebacker on third downs. Charlie Goldsmith, The Enquirer, 15 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of linebacker

1931, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of linebacker was in 1931

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28 Nov 2021

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“Linebacker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of linebacker

: a player on the defending team whose usual position is a short distance in back of the line of scrimmage

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