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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Examples of sidearm in a Sentence

Adjective The pitcher has a sidearm delivery.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun With baitcasting tackle, employ a low sidearm cast that keeps the lure close to the water. Mark Hicks, Field & Stream, "How to Sight Fish for Cruising Bass," 19 May 2020 The Super Redhawk is one of the most popular sidearms in the Alaskan wilderness for good reason. Tyler Freel, Outdoor Life, "9 Great Grizzly Guns for Brown Bear Hunting and Backcountry Defense," 19 Nov. 2019 That afternoon, an elite squad of Portland police officers suddenly appeared in the South Park Blocks, wearing white helmets, dark leather jackets and sidearms. oregonlive, "Battle of the Park Blocks at 50: How a shocking burst of violence defined Portland -- and panicked Nixon’s White House," 4 May 2020 Well, Houston Roughnecks QB PJ Walker did just that during Sunday’s game against the St. Louis BattleHawks as his sidearm touchdown pass, which looked like something Patrick Mahomes would pull off, had everyone gushing over his throw and his future. Andy Nesbitt, For The Win, "PJ Walker's beautiful, Patrick Mahomes-like TD pass had football fans in awe," 16 Feb. 2020 Yet, American outdoorsmen and women love their sidearms, too. Field & Stream, "The 30 Best Handguns for Outdoorsmen," 17 Sep. 2019 Volunteers licensed by Sheepdog Defense Group wearing khaki pants, sidearms and earpieces connected to radios positioned themselves at each doorway. Allie Morris, Dallas News, "God and a Glock: Texas churchgoers are training to fight off attackers wielding guns," 7 Feb. 2020 Who doesn’t enjoy watching the electric Chiefs quarterback Pat Mahomes noodle around the field, throwing sidearm passes like the baseball player his father once was? Jason Gay, WSJ, "Should the Super Bowl Be Played on Saturday? And Other Really Important Questions," 30 Jan. 2020 Most of the time Wilson was flanked by a volunteer security team member, who was there for the event and wore a collared shirt, a sidearm and an earpiece connected to a radio. Allie Morris, Dallas News, "Man who stopped White Settlement church shooting warns of attack on Second Amendment," 27 Jan. 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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28 May 2020

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“Sidearm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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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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