punt·​er | \ˈpən-tər \

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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The highest single-season average by an FBS punter who attempted at least 36 punts was 50.3, set by LSU’s Chad Kessler in 1997. Steve Megargee, The Seattle Times, "Recent history says No. 2 Clemson, No. 3 ND should be wary," 26 Oct. 2018 Nevada's notorious Sheri's Ranch has kitted out the room with smart home tech, letting punters create their own smut films using voice-control. Fox News, "Nevada brothel lets Amazon's Alexa turn you into a pornstar," 21 Aug. 2018 Through seven weeks, the Chargers have used two punters and two kickers. Mike Vorel, The Seattle Times, "Five things to know about the Seahawks’ next opponent, the Los Angeles Chargers," 29 Oct. 2018 Schneider is gone this spring, however, and Stack saw his name listed atop the depth chart in three positions: Place kicker, punter and kickoff specialist. Tyson Alger, OregonLive.com, "As spring closes, kicker Adam Stack still has a chance to pull double duty for Oregon Ducks," 20 Apr. 2018 Few programs lose a punter to the transfer market, but Dylan Klumph’s decision to leave Cal for Arizona leaves the Golden Bears with a hole to fill on special teams. Matt Murschel, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Improving Cal is No. 70 in 2018 preseason college football rankings," 18 June 2018 But did Gutekunst really need to draft a punter and a long snapper? Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "NFL draft grades 2018: Which teams had best, worst classes?," 28 Apr. 2018 Especially as a punter and kicker, that's not good. Mark Heim, AL.com, "Watch as UCF appears awfully proud of its national championship rings," 23 Apr. 2018 Titans punter Brett Kern on a downside of this time of year: jumping fences to practice on high school fields. Kalyn Kahler, SI.com, "Duvernay-Tardif, M.D.: NFL Should Let the Doctor Have His Jersey," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of punter

circa 1706, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of punter

American football : a player whose job is to punt the ball

: someone who makes a bet

: a person who goes on a river, canal, etc., in a long, thin boat (called a punt)

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