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 Jose Barrero has been an everyday starter at shortstop since Aug. 3. The Enquirer, 10 Sep. 2022 Yet Rafaela’s defense — at shortstop and especially in center field — has been a showstopper, and the source of further ambition. Alex Speier,, 8 Sep. 2022 Since his debut in mid-May, the 23-year-old has played predominantly center field and second base while backing up Nico Hoerner at shortstop. Meghan Montemurro, Chicago Tribune, 5 Sep. 2022 Rookie Tyler Freeman started at shortstop Saturday as Amed Rosario got the night off. Paul Hoynes, cleveland, 3 Sep. 2022 But he's been handy in the field at shortstop and scored six runs. Fox News, 26 Aug. 2022 In 2022, Castro has played 231 innings in right field, 206⅔ innings in left field, 103 innings in center field, 53⅔ innings at shortstop, 45 innings at second base and 34 innings at third base. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 24 Aug. 2022 Andrus, who is hitting .237 with eight home runs and 30 RBIs in 106 games, would supplant rookie Lenyn Sosa as Anderson’s replacement at shortstop. San Francisco Chronicle, 18 Aug. 2022 Javier Báez, signed to a $140 million contract to address a desperate need at shortstop, has struggled in the field and at the plate. Larry Lage, ajc, 10 Aug. 2022 See More

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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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“Shortstop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2022.

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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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