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 The Ravens do not have a replacement punter on the practice squad for Koch, who has played a franchise-record 239 games and has yet to miss a game in his 15-year career. Daniel Oyefusi, baltimoresun.com, "Ravens place punter Sam Koch on reserve/COVID-19 list ahead of regular-season finale vs. Bengals," 30 Dec. 2020 The Giants motioned into an offensive formation with linemen split out wide to the left, kicker Graham Gano split wide right and punter Riley Dixon in shotgun formation. Scott Patsko, cleveland, "Browns Winners and Losers of Week 15: Baker Mayfield, playoff chances and OMAHA!," 21 Dec. 2020 Duron was the district’s defensive player of the year last season and was the team’s punter and kicker. David Hinojosa, ExpressNews.com, "‘We’re embarrassed’ — Fallout from high school football player’s assault on referee puts Edinburg under a microscope," 5 Dec. 2020 Allen was an all-state punter at West Salem High School. Akeem Glaspie, The Indianapolis Star, "Indianapolis Colts punter Ryan Allen: 5 things you need to know," 4 Dec. 2020 Brookshire figured here because of his running ability, although his first effort ended with a three-and-out that brought punter Tanner Kuljian back for a third straight time. Kirk Kenney, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Aztecs’ offense absent in loss at Colorado," 28 Nov. 2020 Hunter Niswander will be the Cowboys' punter Sunday. Michael Gehlken, Dallas News, "Cowboys defensive line gets more depth with former Chiefs DE Breeland Speaks," 17 Nov. 2020 Before Sunday's game, Lutz had a few conversations with punter and field goal holder Thomas Morstead on the field, often gesturing toward the flags on the goal posts. Luke Johnson, NOLA.com, "'Wil Clutch' delivers again: Wil Lutz's 'clutch gene' kicks in to give Saints game-winning FG," 1 Nov. 2020 The team had to make do without its starting kicker, punter and kickoff specialist presumably for COVID-19 precautions. Megan Ryan, Star Tribune, "The Call: Gophers vs. Maryland," 29 Oct. 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/punter. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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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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