noun (1)
short·​stop | \ˈshȯrt-ˌstäp \

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 \

Definition of short-stop (Entry 2 of 2)

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Sanchez grew up playing shortstop in the Dominican Republic. Paul Johnson, Elgin Courier-News, "No yawns from Yan: Sanchez heats up with seven-game hitting streak for the Kane County Cougars," 12 July 2018 Following a three-run homer from shortstop Francisco Lindor, the Reds trailed 17-0. Bobby Nightengale,, "Tyler Mahle roughed up, Cincinnati Reds crushed in 19-4 loss to Cleveland Indians," 11 July 2018 Lucroy also dropped a throw home from shortstop Marcus Semien earlier in the inning, allowing Josh Reddick to score the tying run. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Former Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy fumbles ball in bizarre walk-off loss to Houston," 11 July 2018 Goodrum was playing shortstop when a hard ground ball was hit to the gap between second and third. George Stoia, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers utilityman Niko Goodrum driven 'like Michael Jordan'," 8 July 2018 The team received solid performances in the playoffs from shortstop Nathan Walters, catcher Beau Rurey, pitchers Josh Brauner and Conner Cavo (newcomer), and Maddux Cobb. Gary Curreri,, "Delray National 9-11 All-Stars finish diamond play as district runners-up," 7 July 2018 With two outs and none on, Cody Farhat singled and then Braxton Fulford reached on an error from shortstop Deacon Liput. Mike Malloy,, "Gators struggle early, fall to Texas Tech in CWS opener," 18 June 2018 Both of York’s hits against Palatine came from junior shortstop Katherine Karnatz, who also drew a walk. Tony Baranek,, "York ties program record with fourth-place finish in Class 4A," 9 June 2018 In the sixth inning of a competitive Middlesex League tilt between host Lexington and Belmont, Sal Frelick made a play that’s rarely seen from a high school shortstop. Nate Weitzer,, "Athletic in the extreme, Frelick commits to the diamond," 18 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of shortstop

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


short·​stop | \ˈshȯrt-ˌstäp \

Kids Definition of shortstop

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

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