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short·​stop ˈshȯrt-ˌstäp How to pronounce shortstop (audio)
: the player position in baseball for defending the infield area on the third-base side of second base
: the player stationed in the shortstop position


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Examples of shortstop in a Sentence

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The junior will carry a 6-game hitting streak into the action, second-longest on the team behind shortstop Wehiwa Aloy (.273, 6, 25), who has hit safety in 9 consecutive games and reached base in 16 in a row. Tom Murphy,, 2 Apr. 2024 Moving forward with the Warriors Martinez, who starts at shortstop for the Martin Warriors as a senior, still deals with issues from longterm COVID-19 and narcolepsy. Charles Baggarly, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 27 Mar. 2024 Almost 20 home runs last year as a shortstop is insane. Daniel Kohn, SPIN, 27 Mar. 2024 The junior shortstop is more of a watch-and-see type than ask-and-learn, anyway. Evan Webeck, The Mercury News, 22 Mar. 2024 Betts hasn’t played shortstop regularly since high school and he’s tried to compensate for that by taking an inordinate amount of grounders every day. Dylan Hernández, Los Angeles Times, 19 Mar. 2024 Two young shortstops who assuredly will begin the season in the minors are scuffling at the plate, too. Barry Jackson, Miami Herald, 7 Mar. 2024 Travis Curry made a couple of outstanding plays at shortstop for the Oilers. Steve Fryer, Orange County Register, 23 Mar. 2024 In the six games Matt Chapman has played at third base since signing, Ahmed has lined up alongside him at shortstop each time. Evan Webeck, The Mercury News, 18 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1857, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1936, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of shortstop was in 1857

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“Shortstop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


short·​stop ˈshȯrt-ˌstäp How to pronounce shortstop (audio)
: the baseball infielder whose position is between second and third base

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