shortstop

noun short·stop \ ˈshȯrt-ˌstäp \
|Updated on: 17 Jul 2018

Definition of shortstop

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

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First Known Use of shortstop

1857

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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short-stop

noun \ ˈshȯrt-ˌstäp \

Definition of short-stop

First Known Use of short-stop

1936

in the meaning defined above

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SHORTSTOP Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of shortstop for English Language Learners

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


SHORTSTOP Defined for Kids

shortstop

noun short·stop \ ˈshȯrt-ˌstäp \

Definition of shortstop for Students

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

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