sink·​er | \ ˈsiŋ-kər How to pronounce sinker (audio) \

Definition of sinker

1 : one that sinks specifically : a weight for sinking a fishing line, seine, or sounding line
3 : a fastball that sinks as it reaches the plate

called also sinker ball

Examples of sinker in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As a reliever, Pomeranz used only a fastball and curveball, dropping his sinker and cutter. Nick Ahmed,, "It might seem like an unconventional path to a major league coaching staff. But the Red Sox are among the growing number of major league teams who are seeking coaches from the private sector or college baseball to fill roles once all but closed off to candidates from outside of pro ball.," 1 Dec. 2019 The next dude sees them and tries to follow ... a sinker. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "Along the Denali Highway, snow is a go but ice is dicey," 23 Nov. 2019 In each of his two appearances with the Diamondbacks this season, Young has featured five different pitches — a four-seam fastball, sinker, curveball, slider and changeup. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Diamondbacks' Zack Greinke won't participate in All-Star Game due to 'personal matter'," 6 July 2019 So when Reyes sent a 98 mph sinker to the wall in left field, Renfroe scored easily to give the Padres a 4-1 lead. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Padres pound Syndergaard, Mets," 24 July 2019 His sinker, so impressive the previous season, was not as effective — there was even thought the new baseball might have played a role. Susan Slusser,, "A’s may part ways with former closer Blake Treinen," 1 Dec. 2019 In any case, pack bait is loaded into the method sinker, the terminal bait and hook is pressed into the pack bait, and the whole rig cast out. Bill May,, "Bill May: Bonus carp and catfish," 3 Nov. 2019 The Yankees intentionally walked Alex Bregman to face Yuli Gurriel with the bases loaded, but then Britton began to struggle with the control of his sinker. Benjamin Hoffman, New York Times, "How the Astros Stifled the Yankees in Game 3," 15 Oct. 2019 The White Bear Township company manufactures battery terminals and fishing sinkers, and uses the solvent to clean the lead components. Bob Shaw, Twin Cities, "Officials hit Water Gremlin — again — with new round of pollution charges," 6 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of sinker

1632, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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20 Jan 2020

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“Sinker.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of sinker

: a weight used for holding a fishing line or net underwater
baseball : a fast pitch that drops lower as it reaches home plate

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