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side·​arm ˈsīd-ˌärm How to pronounce sidearm (audio)
: a weapon (such as a sword, revolver, or bayonet) worn at the side or in the belt


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: 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
sidearm adverb

Examples of sidearm in a Sentence

Adjective The pitcher has a sidearm delivery.
Recent Examples on the Web
That model was the standard-issue U.S. military sidearm from 1911 to 1985. Nick Penzenstadler, The Courier-Journal, 23 May 2024 Cleveland went to the bullpen for Nick Sandlin, a right-hander with a funky sidearm delivery. Abbey Mastracco, New York Daily News, 20 May 2024
Herbig threw a sidearm dart while on the run eluding pass rush for a high-degree-of-difficulty first down pass to Owen Kilton earlier in the drive. Jr Radcliffe, Journal Sentinel, 18 Nov. 2022 As a result, the batters virtually face a left-handed pitcher with close to a sidearm angle. Charlie Goldsmith, The Enquirer, 2 Apr. 2022 See all Example Sentences for sidearm 

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Word History

First Known Use


1689, in the meaning defined above


1890, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sidearm was in 1689

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Cite this Entry

“Sidearm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 adjective
: done with the arm extending out to the side
a sidearm pitch in baseball
sidearm adverb


2 of 2 noun
: a weapon (as a sword or revolver) worn at the side or in the belt

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