small forward


Definition of small forward

: a basketball forward who is usually smaller than a power forward and whose play is characterized by quickness and scoring ability

Examples of small forward in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

The Hornets made a massive investment in shooting guard-small forward Batum in the summer of 2016, signing him to a five-year, $120 million contract. Rick Bonnell, charlotteobserver, "Tony Parker wants to protect 'little brother,' playoff streak with Hornets in 2018-19," 9 July 2018 The Bulls are thin at small forward, and Hutchison projects to back up starter Justin Holiday. K.c. Johnson,, "Bulls select Boise State's Chandler Hutchison with No. 22 pick in draft," 21 June 2018 The Pentagon immediately launched a review, noting that the electronic signals could potentially disclose the location of troops who are in secret or classified locations or on small forward operating bases in hostile areas. Lolita C. Baldor, The Seattle Times, "Pentagon restricts use of fitness trackers, other devices," 7 Aug. 2018 D'Antoni had previously clashed with Anthony over his role with the Knicks, as the coach wanted him to shift from small forward to power forward. Des Bieler,, "Carmelo Anthony reportedly talking to Rockets and Heat as he gets set to leave Thunder," 11 July 2018 Some other thoughts off two games so far in Las Vegas: Charlotte Hornets forward Dwayne Bacon (7) knows there’s opportunity this summer, but also that there is a crowd on this roster at small forward. Rick Bonnell, charlotteobserver, "Why 'simple' equals special in the new Charlotte Hornets lexicon," 8 July 2018 Pacers coach Nate McMillan loves the makings of his second unit, which has four set pieces: Cory Joseph and Evans as dual point guards, McDermott at small forward and Turner or (more likely) Sabonis at center. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Pacers to the NBA — here we come," 6 July 2018 Porter was considered the best small forward in the country in the class of 2017. Heather Boehm,, "Nuggets Select Michael Porter Jr. With No. 14 Pick in the 2018 NBA Draft," 21 June 2018 The 20-year-old was an undersized power forward for the Spartans, and is attempting to make the transition to small forward. Keith Pompey,, "NBA draft: Luka Doncic leads group of swing-player prospects," 20 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'small forward.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of small forward

1977, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about small forward

Statistics for small forward

Last Updated

20 Apr 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for small forward

The first known use of small forward was in 1977

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on small forward

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with small forward

Comments on small forward

What made you want to look up small forward? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


having no equal

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Latin Quiz

  • roman forum
  • Which of the following months comes from a Latin word for “ten”?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!