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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And Michael Dickson made it as a punter at Texas coming from Australia. Albert Breer, SI.com, "Josh Rosen: Where Most NFL Teams See an Enigma, the Arizona Cardinals See Their Future," 3 May 2018 While his on-field coaching background is sound, Priefer was suspended by the Vikings in 2014 after an investigation into claims by former punter Chris Kluwe showed that Priefer made a homophobic remark during the 2012 season. Tom Withers, The Seattle Times, "Browns’ Kitchens hanging on to play-calling duties as coach," 14 Jan. 2019 The Denver Broncos signed former Oakland Raiders punter Marquette King to a three-year, $7 million contract a week after the sixth-year pro was surprisingly released by Oakland. BostonGlobe.com, "Connor McGregor goes on rampage at UFC 223 event," 6 Apr. 2018 Would former Colts punter Pat McAfee and his Barstool Sports crew like to use the monstrous floor space for the week? Robert Klemko, SI.com, "The NFL Can’t Stand Them Yet Can’t Get Rid of Them: How Barstool Sports Remains Relevant," 9 Mar. 2018 This was none other than Ryan Allen, New England’s punter. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "The Patriots’ Unlikely Super Bowl Hero: The Punter," 4 Feb. 2019 Yet the vote is two years off, and the punters are probably mistaken. The Economist, "Berned out," 7 June 2018 Long was the Bruins defensive coordinator in 1996-97, while Caragher was coaching the wide receivers, punters and kickers. Kirk Kenney, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Aztecs hiring former USD football coach Ron Caragher as an assistant," 5 Apr. 2018 In addition to taking five courses, Butler started working with the Bulldogs’ kickers and punters during the 2016 season and was invited back by Smart for 2017. Dan Gartland, SI.com, "Five Things to Know About Rodrigo Blankenship, Georgia’s Bespectacled Kicker," 8 Jan. 2018

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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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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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