sink·​er | \ˈsiŋ-kər \

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

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And nearly 60 percent of the sinkers that have been hit have been ground balls. Matt Breen,, "Whiffs? Jake Arrieta doesn't need no stinkin' whiffs | Matt Breen," 1 June 2018 That meant the Fister sinker was sinking, and Mariners hitters were hitting the ball on the ground at Rangers fielders. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Rangers Reaction: Will Tim Lincecum ever throw a pitch for Rangers?," 28 May 2018 But moments later, the man spins, winds up his right arm like a sinker-ball pitcher and viciously strikes the skateboarder in the face before wrestling him to the ground. Alex Riggins,, "Police seek help to ID suspects in violent robbery on Barrio Logan trolley platform," 11 July 2018 His average sinker velocity of 94.78 mph was his highest in his 10 appearances this season. Eduardo A. Encina,, "Orioles closer Zach Britton seeing encouraging signs while trying to find old form," 6 July 2018 Don’t cut that off but add the weight (¼- to ½-ounce sinker depending on how deep you’re fishing) to it. Gary Garth, USA TODAY, "Easy to find and fun to catch, bluegill are America’s fish," 25 May 2018 Britton spiked a sinker for a wild pitch that put Andújar on second, then saw the rookie go to third on a chopper up the middle that Jonathan Schoop turned into an out at first. Jon Meoli,, "As Zach Britton's trade value for Orioles improves, Brad Brach's spirals further," 10 July 2018 Muncy collected his 16th homer of the season on a belt-high sinker from Hendricks in the bottom of the first. Andy Mccullough,, "Dodgers continue to hit the ball over the fence, beat Cubs 7-5," 28 June 2018 Astros third baseman Alex Bregman got hold of what turned out to be the first homer, driving a low sinker 368 feet over the left-field fence to cut the Royals’ lead to 2-1 in the fourth inning. Maria Torres, kansascity, "Jakob Junis allows three homers for second start in a row as Royals lose to Astros," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of sinker

1632, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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