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 Former Chicago White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez has listed his five-bedroom, 2,400-square-foot contemporary town home in Old Town for $950,000. Bob Goldsborough,, "Former White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez lists Old Town 5-bedroom home for $950,000," 6 Aug. 2020 Dubon is a middle infielder by trade, but Brandon Crawford and hot-hitting Donovan Solano have been getting most the reps at shortstop and second base. John Shea,, "Giants show faith in Pablo Sandoval with roster trims coming Thursday," 5 Aug. 2020 Eight of their 12 opening-day relievers were also on the IL, as was shortstop Miguel Rojas. Steven Wine, Star Tribune, "Virus-stricken Marlins resume season with 18 new players," 4 Aug. 2020 Rockies slugging shortstop Trevor Story is in some good company. Patrick Saunders, The Denver Post, "Rockies’ relievers Diaz and Estevez have to reduce late-game traffic," 3 Aug. 2020 The 6-2, 195-pound Class of 2023 shortstop/pitcher has been clocked at 83 to 85 mph on the mound. Greg Riddle, Dallas News, "Baseball: Denton Guyer’s Lane Allen commits to Texas; Coppell’s Walker Polk commits to Baylor," 6 July 2020 Votto at first base, Moustakas at second, Galvis at shortstop and Suárez at third base. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, "Analysis: A breakdown of the Cincinnati Reds' 57-man player pool for preseason camp," 28 June 2020 Of course, that shortstop was already committed to Michigan and was looking for a big signing bonus to ditch his National Letter of Intent. Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers' No. 1 pick first of his kind in 22 years. How other top 3Bs worked out," 15 June 2020 The shortstop completed his career playing with his brother in Detroit. Mark Inabinett |, al, "Former MLB All-Star Frank Bolling dead at age 88," 12 July 2020

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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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9 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Shortstop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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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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