round·​er | \ ˈrau̇n-dər \

Definition of rounder

1 rounders plural in form but singular in construction : a game of English origin that is played with ball and bat and that somewhat resembles baseball
2 : a dissolute person : wastrel
3 : one that rounds by hand or by machine
4 : a boxing match lasting a specified number of rounds usually used in combination a 10-rounder
5 sports : a player selected in a specified round of a draft (see draft entry 1 sense 9c) used in combination a first-rounder [=a player selected in the first round] The fourth running back drafted, this second-rounder leads all rookies with 562 rushing yards.— Jarrett Bell

Examples of rounder in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Tight end Julius Thomas whispered through a 388-yard, three-touchdown season, and he has been replaced in the lineup by second-rounder Mike Gesicki, a combination of round and position that has yet to produce even a 700-yard rookie season once. Dave Hyde,, "Hyde5: More, uh, motivation as Dolphins RBs, WRs, rated 31st," 12 July 2018 Hackenberg's heretofore failure is emblematic of what a crapshoot drafting quarterbacks can be — and second rounders in the 21st Century are an especially fascinating sample given their range of accomplishments (and lack thereof). Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "Ranking NFL's second-round QBs since 2000: Is Christian Hackenberg biggest bust?," 14 June 2018 According to several mock draft boards the SEC could have first-rounders from as many as nine schools. Kristie Rieken, The Seattle Times, "As many as 9 SEC schools could have 1st-round draft picks," 14 Nov. 2018 Watch for a potential third-rounder against Sharapova. 13. Jon Wertheim,, "Wimbledon 2018 Seed Reports," 1 July 2018 And that sets up for Phillips to have a rare instant opening for a fifth-rounder. Paul Dehner Jr.,, "Bengals Xtra: Late-round pick with most potential 2018 impact," 2 June 2018 Sports Illustrated and The Ringer peg him as a second rounder as well. Matthew Vantryon, Indianapolis Star, "In 'homecoming' workout for Pacers, Landry Shamet says 'I'm a first round pick.'," 7 June 2018 Two of the three players and one of the picks (a future second rounder) the Cavs received for Irving -- Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder -- were traded again on Feb. 8. Joe Vardon,, "Cavaliers land No. 8 pick in draft at 2018 NBA Lottery in Chicago," 15 May 2018 Using a second-rounder on RB Derrius Guice was justified despite the speculation about off-field issues; there has been little to no substantiation of that to this point. Mark Maske,, "NFC draft grades: The Giants and Cardinals pass with flying colors. The Saints do not.," 30 Apr. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'rounder.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of rounder

1828, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about rounder

Statistics for rounder

Last Updated

8 Feb 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for rounder

The first known use of rounder was in 1828

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for rounder



English Language Learners Definition of rounder

: a boxing match lasting a specified number of rounds
British : a game that is played with a ball and bat and that is like baseball

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on rounder

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with rounder

Nglish: Translation of rounder for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of rounder for Arabic Speakers Encyclopedia article about rounder

Comments on rounder

What made you want to look up rounder? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


excited commotion or publicity

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

What did you just call me?! A Quiz

  • rows-of-various-emoji
  • If a member of the audience describes your speech as bombastic, does that person mean it is:
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!