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 The Blue Jays have one of the deepest farm systems in baseball and have depth at shortstop. Evan Grant, Dallas News, 25 July 2021 Torres made an error at shortstop, and the Phillies drew four walks. Larry Fleisher, Star Tribune, 21 July 2021 Both moves upgraded the defense, as did the Tigers' decision to keep Zack Short at shortstop. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 21 July 2021 Then, talk about pressure, Estrada wound playing some games at shortstop for the Yankees as a young hot-shot prospect. Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle, 20 July 2021 Luis Guillorme started at shortstop Saturday night. John Perrotto, ajc, 18 July 2021 The Phillies took advantage of Rojas’ fielding error at shortstop in the first inning to score a pair of runs. Aaron Bracy,, 17 July 2021 Kyle Farmer, who has provided solid defense at shortstop, was limited by a lower abdominal strain before the All-Star break. Jason Hoffman, The Enquirer, 16 July 2021 Facing Corbin Burnes in the top of the third inning, Guerrero hit a monstrous home run to left field – while Tatis Jr. was being interviewed at shortstop. Jesse Yomtov, USA TODAY, 14 July 2021

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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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The first known use of shortstop was in 1857

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“Shortstop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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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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