rusher

noun
rush·​er | \ ˈrə-shər How to pronounce rusher (audio) \

Definition of rusher

: one that rushes especially : ballcarrier

Examples of rusher in a Sentence

He was the team's leading rusher last year.

Recent Examples on the Web

During the three-day minicamp, running back Sony Michel, New England's leading rusher in 2018, was held out of practice by the Patriots. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al.com, "Damien Harris, Jarrett Stidham together again with New England Patriots," 7 June 2019 Clem Daniels, 83, former Oakland Raiders running back and AFL all-time leading rusher has died. Seattle Times Staff & News Services, The Seattle Times, "This week’s passages," 29 Mar. 2019 The Wildcats are coming off a 10-win season, but have to replace the program’s all-time leading rusher Justin Jackson, and quarterback Clayton Thorson is coming off a serious knee injury. Laken Litman, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Analyzing Notre Dame football's 2018 schedule, from least to most dangerous games," 21 June 2018 Here’s an update: Signed elsewhere LeGarrette Blount, RB: The Eagles’ leading rusher landed with the Detroit Lions on a one-year, $4.5-million contract. Zach Berman, Philly.com, "Where did former Eagles sign? LeGarrette Blount lands in Detroit; Vinny Curry in Tampa Bay," 19 Mar. 2018 After all, White helped Allen blossom into the nation’s most dominant pass rusher last season. Gary B. Graves, The Seattle Times, "Kentucky needs to replace 7 starters off dominant defense," 12 Apr. 2019 Chubb is the best pass rusher in this draft and would form a dream pass rush tandem with Myles Garrett. 5. Drew Davison And Peter Dawson, star-telegram, "Mock Draft 3.0: Cowboys coin flip of Calvin Ridley vs. Leighton Vander Esch? | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 20 Apr. 2018 Without a dynamic pass-rusher on the roster, UW needs to find consistent improvement across the board. Mike Vorel, The Seattle Times, "Spring practice primer: Eight (or more) breakout candidates for the UW Huskies," 27 Mar. 2019 Everyone knew the 49ers were California gold-rushers and Colt .45s six-shooters. Frank Fitzpatrick, Philly.com, "The 'contest' that won the 76ers their name | Frank's Place," 11 May 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'rusher.' 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 rusher

1618, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about rusher

Dictionary Entries near rusher

Rushdie

rushee

rushen

rusher

rush family

rush grass

rush hour

Statistics for rusher

Last Updated

17 Jun 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for rusher

The first known use of rusher was in 1618

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for rusher

rusher

noun

English Language Learners Definition of rusher

: someone or something that rushes especially, American football : a player who carries the ball during running plays

More from Merriam-Webster on rusher

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with rusher

Comments on rusher

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

WORD OF THE DAY

to take the place or position of

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words for Summer: A Quiz

  • a closeup of a sunflower
  • Which of the following words means “of or relating to summer”?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

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

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

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