: a baseball pitch having the characteristics of both a slider and a curve

Examples of slurve in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Rutschman smacked another slurve into center for a clean single to open the seventh, but Berríos retired the next three Orioles. Nathan Ruiz, Baltimore Sun, 14 June 2023 The slurve is well known, though, as a combination of a slider and a curve. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, 12 Apr. 2023 Their best chance died when Nathaniel Lowe missed a slider and Jung rolled over a slurve in the sixth. Evan Grant, Dallas News, 7 Apr. 2023 The sweeper is a horizontal slider, Blake said, with less downward movement than a slurve. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, 12 Apr. 2023 Though Harrison’s power slurve showed promise, his changeup was inconsistent. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, 28 July 2022 The 6-foot-5-inch, 205-pound White has a fastball that reaches 95 miles per hour, plus a changeup and slurve. Matt Doherty,, 3 June 2022 Curt Casali described as an 82 mph slurve, Leone entered Sunday with a 1.72 ERA in 47 innings. Steve Kroner, San Francisco Chronicle, 19 Sep. 2021 That included adding a pitch that’s widely called a slider but acts more like a slurve or even a curveball. Los Angeles Times, 7 July 2021

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Word History


slider + curve

First Known Use

1973, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of slurve was in 1973

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“Slurve.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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