running back


: a football back (such as a halfback or fullback) who carries the ball on running plays

Examples of running back in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Lofton has been getting rave reviews by teammates and coaches, and being played at multiple positions, including running back and as a slot receiver. Susan Miller Degnan, Miami Herald, 9 Apr. 2024 Kansas running back Devin Neal thought long and hard about whether to declare for the NFL Draft. Shreyas Laddha, Kansas City Star, 5 Apr. 2024 Springs, the son of NFL running back Ron Springs, was an All-American at Ohio State himself before going on to play for the Seattle Seahawks, the Washington Redskins and the New England Patriots in the late 1990s and 2000s. Roger Catlin, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 Apr. 2024 Kayson was a standout running back on the Beggs High School Golden Demons football team, the Tulsa World reported. Sarah Rumpf-Whitten, Fox News, 5 Apr. 2024 The Texans also added veteran running back Joe Mixon in a trade with the Cincinnati Bengals in March. Greg Rosenstein, NBC News, 3 Apr. 2024 The Blue Devils hosted another Charlotte-area guy at their pro day, running back Jaylen Coleman from Matthews. Alex Zietlow, Charlotte Observer, 29 Mar. 2024 The Dolphins and running back Raheem Mostert have agreed to terms on a new two-year deal through the 2025 season, his agent, Brett Tessler, announced Friday. Daniel Oyefusi, Miami Herald, 29 Mar. 2024 Stewart was a three-star recruit by the 247Sports Composite rankings, slotted at No. 678 nationally and as the No. 53 running back. Shreyas Laddha, Kansas City Star, 29 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1891, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of running back was in 1891

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Cite this Entry

“Running back.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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