punt·​er | \ ˈpən-tər How to pronounce punter (audio) \

Definition of punter

1 : one that punts: such as
a chiefly British : a person who gambles especially : one who bets against a bookmaker
b : a person who uses a punt in boating
c : a person who punts a ball
2 chiefly British : customer, patron

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Examples of punter in a Sentence

He was one of the greatest punters in NFL history. Effective marketing means getting the punters to buy what you want them to buy. The sale attracted more than 1,000 punters.
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Recent Examples on the Web Spring Woods, which defeated Northbrook in their rivalry meeting, was led statistically by punter/kicker Erik Rivera (31.6 per punt, 5 points). Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, "Memorial lands nine on District 17-6A football first team," 7 Jan. 2020 Detroit Lions punter Sam Martin knows what’s coming. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions punter Sam Martin claims he's not troubled by thought of free agency," 3 Jan. 2020 Rams punter Johnny Hekker is signed to a league-high $18.75 million deal, followed by the Ravens’ Sam Koch ($16.25 million) and the Saints’ Thomas Morstead ($15.6 million) . . . BostonGlobe.com, "Thomas Dimitroff," 28 Dec. 2019 Consider Ohio State punter Drue Chrisman’s most memorable moments this year. New York Times, "Can They Kick It? Yes They Can. Ohio State and Clemson Just Don’t.," 27 Dec. 2019 Rookie specialists Kicker Austin Seibert and punter Jamie Gillan have had solid rookie seasons and are contenders for the All-Rookie team. Scott Patsko, cleveland, "Freddie Kitchens said there’s ‘a lot of good’ with the Browns, so let’s find it," 26 Dec. 2019 With ubiquitous sensors and universal connectivity, punters have been told, the IOT will transform ordinary workshops into smart factories. The Economist, "The World in 2020 The Splinternet of Things threatens 5G’s potential," 25 Dec. 2019 And Mahomes hit Kelce for the TD in the closing minute of the half, after Chicago's Kevin Pierre-Louis got flagged for running into punter Dustin Colquitt. oregonlive, "Patrick Mahomes leads Kansas City to rout over the Chicago Bears: Sunday Night Football recap, score, stats and more," 23 Dec. 2019 On Carolina punter Michael Palardy’s next offering, Hines scrambled and dived and dashed for 14 yards, only for offsetting penalties to nullify the return and give him another chance. Joel A. Erickson, Indianapolis Star, "Colts' Nyheim Hines: 'I don't even think I had a day like that in any dream'," 22 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of punter

circa 1706, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of punter was circa 1706

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“Punter.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/punter. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of punter

American football : a player whose job is to punt the ball
British, informal : someone who makes a bet
chiefly British : a person who goes on a river, canal, etc., in a long, thin boat (called a punt)

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