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

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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As a freshman, Thompson played as the punter and averaged 34.2 yards per punt. Mark Iandolo, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Where are they now? Adams, Brogan, Thompson and Yazid," 6 July 2018 The best punter and overall winner was Marti Prichard, the number one passer was Roanna Kingman and the leading kicker was Lori Corrigan. Mike May, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Moms spend anything but a quiet evening — on the football field," 17 June 2018 Replacing four-year punter Arthur Hart is still an open question. David Scott, charlotteobserver, "Charlotte 49ers spring football game: A new face at QB, plus 4 more reasons to watch," 20 Apr. 2018 Even the punter and the kicker, there won’t be a rush, but there will be a lot of people watching. Susan Miller Degnan, miamiherald, "Spring game lets UM fans see N'Kosi Perry and early enrollees in action for first time | Miami Herald," 13 Apr. 2018 While the Dolphins have an open competition at kicker between Jason Sanders and Greg Joseph and even brought in rookie Lucas Gravelle to compete with the ageless John Denney, Haack is the only punter on Miami's roster. Adam H. Beasley, miamiherald, "Jarvis Landry is long gone. Who takes his place on Miami Dolphins special teams? | Miami Herald," 14 May 2018 In 1988, there were three punters selected in the first 102 picks. Barry Wilner, chicagotribune.com, "Shaquem Griffin finally hears his name at NFL draft," 28 Apr. 2018 Townsend was the third punter selected, landing one spot behind Alabama’s JK Scott. Edgar Thompson, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Gators' specialists Johnny Townsend, Eddy Piñeiro end up with Oakland Raiders," 28 Apr. 2018 Redshirt Izaak Gerkis, a former walk-on and Birmingham Seaholm standout, is the only punter on the roster. Mark Spezia, Detroit Free Press, "Spring football: Top story lines for Central, Eastern, Western Michigan," 7 Apr. 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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