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
2 : doughnut
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 With two runners on, Skubal struck out Trevor Larnach — winning a seven-pitch clash — with a 97 mph sinker for the third out. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 2 June 2022 Davies stayed stubborn with his sinker, throwing it six times once the count was full. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 29 May 2022 Jefferies’ night: Daulton Jefferies allowed 11 hits over five innings as Rays hitters struck selectively on his sinker. Matt Kawahara, San Francisco Chronicle, 2 May 2022 When Betts came back up to the plate in the third, Castillo struck him out with a sinker that curved from outside the strike zone to the edge of the right corner. Charlie Goldsmith, The Enquirer, 18 Sep. 2021 On the 11th pitch, catcher Kevin Plawecki thought that after pounding Franco on the inner half of the plate, the Sox should vary the pattern and work away with a sinker., 12 Aug. 2021 Hendricks threw a third-pitch sinker at the bottom of the strike zone, and Votto hit a pitch below his knees down the first base line. Charlie Goldsmith, The Enquirer, 26 May 2022 Segura didn’t wait long to tie the score, lining a first-pitch sinker to left to make it 2-2. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 22 May 2022 Baez recorded his hit on a first-pitch sinker from Gibson. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 30 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of sinker

1526, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Last Updated

15 Jun 2022

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“Sinker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2022.

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