noun (1)
short·​stop | \ ˈshȯrt-ˌstäp How to pronounce shortstop (audio) \

Definition of shortstop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the player position in baseball for defending the infield area on the third-base side of second base
2 : the player stationed in the shortstop position


noun (2)
\ ˈshȯrt-ˌstäp How to pronounce short-stop (audio) \

Definition of short-stop (Entry 2 of 2)

Examples of shortstop in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Alonso gave baseballs to the two children at first base while Amed Rosario went to one knee at shortstop to talk to the children there. Christopher Brito, CBS News, "Wearing 9/11-inspired cleats, Mets get emotional win on anniversary of September 11 attacks," 12 Sep. 2019 Hoerner played 44 games (40 starts) at shortstop this season at Double-A Tennessee. Mark Gonzales,, "Nico Hoerner, a 1st-round pick in 2018, is called up by the Cubs after injuries at shortstop," 10 Sep. 2019 Brock Holt’s ground out to Polanco at shortstop brought across the Sox’ first run. Julian Mcwilliams,, "Slow start sinks Red Sox in loss to Twins," 3 Sep. 2019 Infielder Mauricio Dubón earned his third consecutive start on Saturday against the Padres and his first at shortstop. Kerry Crowley, The Mercury News, "September baseball will provide preview of Giants’ future beyond Bochy," 31 Aug. 2019 After fielding a grounder hit by Bogaerts at shortstop, Chris Taylor turned to Enrique Hernandez at second base to start a potential double play. Andy Mccullough,, "Hyun-Jin Ryu starts rough but finishes strong in Dodgers’ win," 14 July 2019 The relay from Bogaerts at shortstop came back to first, where second baseman Brock Holt was covering. Jimmy Golen,, "Dodgers club 4 homers, beat Sale, Red Sox 11-2," 14 July 2019 On the field, fans saw Vizquel acrobatically diving for balls at shortstop as an Indian. Marc Bona,, "Omar Vizquel talks barbecue; MLB teams matched with BBQ recipes," 27 June 2019 Castro played his first six MLB seasons at shortstop — 847 total games — before switching to second. Wells Dusenbury,, "That’s right — the Marlins have one of MLB’s top double-play tandems," 26 June 2019

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First Known Use of shortstop

Noun (1)

1857, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1936, in the meaning defined above

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23 Oct 2019

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English Language Learners Definition of shortstop

baseball : the player who defends the area between second and third base


short·​stop | \ ˈshȯrt-ˌstäp How to pronounce shortstop (audio) \

Kids Definition of shortstop

: a baseball infielder whose position is between second and third base

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