side·​arm | \ ˈsīd-ˌärm How to pronounce sidearm (audio) \

Definition of sidearm

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a weapon (such as a sword, revolver, or bayonet) worn at the side or in the belt



Definition of sidearm (Entry 2 of 2)

: of, relating to, using, or being a throw (as in baseball) in which the arm is not raised above the shoulder and the ball is thrown with a sideways sweep of the arm between shoulder and hip sidearm delivery a sidearm pass

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sidearm adverb

Examples of sidearm in a Sentence

Adjective The pitcher has a sidearm delivery.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The lefthander was pulled after 3 1/3 innings of quick pitches, sidearm deliveries and variable leg kicks. Jake Seiner,, 4 July 2021 Or even better, offer long bounties (50 sidearm kills, 20 shotgun kills) to get a dedicated drop of that type of weapon. Paul Tassi, Forbes, 2 Oct. 2021 There’s a new six-man activity, an exotic Stasis sidearm and—I’m sorry, are those baby Fallen? Paul Tassi, Forbes, 6 May 2021 On Saturday, sidearm sensation Nestor Cortes Jr. squares off against Red Sox righty Nick Pivetta, who is the pitcher the Yankees need to rough up. Matthew Roberson,, 23 Sep. 2021 The comic tries to force-feed us this trauma from the jump, opening with a nameless female cop shooting herself with her sidearm, unable to imagine a world without men. Devon Maloney, Vulture, 13 Sep. 2021 Tight end-fullback Ben Mason had one of the most impressive catches of camp, snagging with one hand a sidearm throw from Jackson that came in near Mason’s knees. Jonas Shaffer,, 12 Aug. 2021 With the score tied 3-3 in the seventh and Max Muncy aboard on a one-out walk, Turner turned on an up-and-in, 90-mph fastball from sidearm-throwing right-hander Stefan Crichton, sending a two-run homer into the bullpen in left for a 5-3 lead. Mike Digiovanna, Los Angeles Times, 31 July 2021 McGough quickly gathered the ball and fired a sidearm throw to a retreating Kolozsvary, who couldn’t twist around and apply the tag on Yamada in time. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 7 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective On his fastball, Pérez now uses an over-the-top throwing motion instead of a more sidearm angle. Charlie Goldsmith, The Enquirer, 28 June 2021 From the left side there is Justin Wilson, who was signed right before spring training and from the right side there is Chad Green, apt at pitching in numerous roles and Darren O’Day, the sidearm right-hander. Larry Fleisher, Forbes, 11 Mar. 2021 The analytical part of learning how to pitch sidearm appeals to Reinoehl, who is a member of Franklin College chapter of the National College Athlete Honor Society. Kyle Neddenriep, The Indianapolis Star, 22 June 2020

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First Known Use of sidearm


1689, in the meaning defined above


1890, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sidearm was in 1689

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“Sidearm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of sidearm

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a weapon (such as a sword or handgun) that is worn on your hip or in your belt



English Language Learners Definition of sidearm (Entry 2 of 2)

: done with your arm moving out to the side


side·​arm | \ ˈsīd-ˌärm How to pronounce sidearm (audio) \

Kids Definition of sidearm

: with the arm moving out to the side She threw the ball sidearm.

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