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noun (1)

short·​stop ˈshȯrt-ˌstäp How to pronounce shortstop (audio)
: the player position in baseball for defending the infield area on the third-base side of second base
: the player stationed in the shortstop position


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Examples of shortstop in a Sentence

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The 6-foot-4, 225-pound shortstop is the top prospect in the White Sox organization. Mike Kaye, Charlotte Observer, 11 July 2024 With nobody on base and one out in the inning, Cody Bellinger hit a ground ball that deflected off Kremer and rolled to Henderson at shortstop. Matt Weyrich, Baltimore Sun, 10 July 2024 And Wisely had played really well at shortstop too. Evan Webeck, The Mercury News, 9 July 2024 The Mets’ shortstop slugged his 16th of the season when his two-run shot entered the home team’s bullpen in right-center field, making it 6-0. James O'Connell, New York Daily News, 9 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for shortstop 

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1857, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1936, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of shortstop was in 1857

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“Shortstop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


short·​stop ˈshȯrt-ˌstäp How to pronounce shortstop (audio)
: the baseball infielder whose position is between second and third base

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