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

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The vending machine, which is temperature controlled, features minnows, worms, bobbers, hook, sinkers and other fishing necessities. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Musky Mike's in Okauchee has 24/7 vending machine for fishermen," 16 Apr. 2018 Hicks got ahead 3-1 in the count, fouled off a sinker and swung over a slider that probably would have been low for ball four. Ronald Blum, The Seattle Times, "Alvarado rebounds, Rays top Yanks 2-1, back into 1st place," 18 May 2019 Nary a stray sinker among Darvish’s 61 pitches against the Braves. Michael Beller,, "Yu Darvish is Tweaking His Mechanics to Try and Escape His Early-Season Struggles," 18 May 2018 Palka came off the bench to deliver his two-run shot, blasting a 3-2 sinker that didn't sink. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "After long string of excellence, Brewers experience an unexpected hiccup vs. White Sox," 3 June 2018 There are plenty of crafty left-handers such as Lowther and Akin, plenty of righties with strong sinkers such as Hanifee and Baumann. Jon Meoli,, "Orioles set blueprint for rebuild during MLB draft, filling needs for pitching upside, infielder," 5 June 2018 Without much fanfare, Jennings has done superb work, taking a 2-1 record and 1.84 ERA into the weekend in 18 appearances, pitching to contact with an effective sinker. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Haudricourt: In terms of effective left-handers, the Brewers' bullpen cup runneth over," 11 May 2018 The velocity on his sinker is down about two miles per hour. Staff,, "Nine Innings: Inside Ohtani's Electric Debut, Masahiro Tanaka's Resurgence and Ranking the Most Surprising Starts to 2018," 9 Apr. 2018 The Astros moved Charlie Morton away from the sinker and instead instructed him to pair his curve with four-seam fastballs up in the strike zone. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "The Pitching Staff Threatening to Rewrite Baseball’s Record Books," 6 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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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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