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 big play came on third and 4 from the Alabama 43, when Franks rolled left and let go of a creative sidearm throw to Smith for a 22-yard gain. Tom Murphy, Arkansas Online, "Punt break: Tide open floodgates with return TD," 13 Dec. 2020 She’s in full uniform, including a peaked hat and sidearm. New York Times, "What if the Great American Novelist Doesn’t Write Novels?," 15 Dec. 2020 And the Bears defense broke its takeaway drought when defensive lineman Bilal Nichols grabbed his first career interception on a sidearm pass by Matthew Stafford. Colleen Kane,, "Chicago Bears’ David Montgomery says he ‘let the fellas down’ on his failed 4th-down run. But Sunday’s meltdown vs. the Detroit Lions was a full-team effort.," 6 Dec. 2020 However, rookie Victor González became the Dodgers’ preferred left-hander out of the bullpen during the postseason and sidearm southpaw Adam Kolarek will also be back after posting a sub-1.00 ERA. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, "Does free-agent reliever Jake McGee fit into the Dodgers’ plans for 2021?," 14 Nov. 2020 The Ravens need to work on his mechanics because Jackson is back to throwing sidearm and not stepping into his throws. Mike Preston,, "Mike Preston’s report card: Position-by-position grades for Ravens' 30-28 win over Eagles | COMMENTARY," 18 Oct. 2020 That Thompson, the sidearm-throwing 28-year-old who spent seven years in the minor leagues before reaching the big leagues in 2020, is playing a prominent role is something of an upset. Mike Digiovanna Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Dustin May’s mechanics improve, so do his results, and he’s ready for the ball again," 26 Oct. 2020 Nelson, 53, a right-hander with a three-quarter sidearm motion like Kolarek, was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1984 in the 22nd round. Craig Clary,, "Catonsville High graduates Jeff Nelson and Adam Kolarek are only two Comets to play in World Series," 23 Oct. 2020 Chief Eric Bartlett said Arn had never before discharged a sidearm in the line of duty. Cameron Knight, The Enquirer, "Officials identify officer who shot and killed man in Elmwood Place," 21 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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, "He's not throwing 95. But Franklin College pitcher raises profile with sidearm delivery," 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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6 Jan 2021

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“Sidearm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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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)

chiefly US : 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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