strike·​out | \ ˈstrīk-ˌau̇t How to pronounce strikeout (audio) \

Definition of strikeout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an out in baseball resulting from a batter's being charged with three strikes

strike out

struck out; struck out also stricken out; striking out; strikes out

Definition of strike out (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to enter upon a course of action
2 : to set out vigorously
3 : to make an out in baseball by a strikeout
4 : to finish bowling a string with consecutive strikes specifically : to bowl three strikes in the last frame

transitive verb

of a baseball pitcher : to retire (someone) by a strikeout

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Synonyms & Antonyms for strikeout

Synonyms: Verb

bomb, collapse, crater, fail, flame out, flop, flunk, fold, founder, miss, tank, wash out

Antonyms: Verb

click, come off, deliver, go, go over, pan out, succeed, work out

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Examples of strikeout in a Sentence


their joint venture in Las Vegas struck out, and they hurriedly dissolved the partnership struck out all references to indecent matters

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Making his final start before the All-Star break, Gray had the longest start and most strikeouts by a Reds pitcher this season. Bobby Nightengale,, "Sonny Gray's dominant start carries Cincinnati Reds to win over Milwaukee Brewers," 4 July 2019 The final strikeout of his magnificent night came against the cut-fastball. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros battle on the road to sweep series against Rockies," 4 July 2019 The Brewers starter went on a run after that, retiring 13 consecutive hitters, including four consecutive strikeouts during one stretch. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Reds 3, Brewers 0: Offense has no answers for Sonny Gray, who dominates for eight innings," 3 July 2019 All were either a four-seam fastball, two-seam fastball or cutter. Peppering the strike zone with that frequency helped produce nine strikeouts without a walk. Jorge Castillo,, "Cody Bellinger's walk-off homer in the 10th gives the Dodgers a sweep over the Diamondbacks," 3 July 2019 Gonzalez made his Colorado debut last week in San Francisco, and was 0-1 in two starts with a 6.00 ERA and six walks to match six strikeouts. Kyle Newman, The Denver Post, "All-star shortstop Trevor Story returns to Rockies’ lineup for series opener against Astros," 2 July 2019 One of his cousins is Al Downing, who recorded 1,639 major-league strikeouts from 1961-1977. Bob Narang,, "St. Viator grad Denzel Downing takes his track talents to Texas," 30 June 2019 Much of his online activity centers on building up the game or engaging the community, including pledging $10 per strikeout to charities selected by his followers. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, "Trevor Bauer, Baseball’s Imperfect Evangelist," 21 June 2019 Closser added that Stewart's seventh-inning at-bat is the greatest strikeout in school history. Akeem Glaspie, Indianapolis Star, "Walk-off blooper caps comeback victory for Alexandria," 19 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Schwarber had struck out twice against Giolito and was batting .185 with runners in scoring position prior to his hit. Mark Gonzales,, "Cubs correct their flaws during 5-run 5th inning against Lucas Giolito and the White Sox," 7 July 2019 Greinke pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing just four hits, striking out nine and walking none. Patrick Saunders, The Denver Post, "Rockies lose fourth in a row as Zack Greinke, Diamondbacks shut out Colorado," 5 July 2019 The 26-year-old right-hander struck out six and threw 80 pitches in a tidy return from a strained left hip flexor, which had sidelined him since June 8. Jake Seiner,, "German cruises in return, Yankees get 2 HRs to beat Mets 5-1," 4 July 2019 Iglesias struck out and Baez and Russell but walked the .182–hitting Daniel Descalso. John Fay,, "Cincinnati Reds hang on to beat Chicago Cubs 8-6, take series," 30 June 2019 Fiers kept the big-swinging Angels off balance by mixing his pitches, struck out the side in the sixth, and walked just one. Scott Ostler,, "Matt Olson slams 2 homers, A’s make a statement in win over Angels," 28 June 2019 Houser struck out Domingo Santana but walked Daniel Vogelbach, setting the stage for Omar Narváez’s sharp run-scoring single to right. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mariners 4, Brewers 2: A familiar story as June swoon continues," 26 June 2019 Rocker struck out 11 and gave up one run on three hits in six and one-third innings Tuesday, as Vanderbilt won, 4-1, to force a decisive Game 3 on Wednesday at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha. Pat Borzi, New York Times, "‘If You Don’t Have It, You’re Behind’: College Baseball’s Tech Arms Race," 25 June 2019 Max Scherzer just struck out 10 and tossed seven shutout innings with a broken nose and black eye. Helen Murphy,, "Nationals Pitcher Max Scherzer Hits the Field with a Black Eye One Day After Breaking His Nose," 20 June 2019

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First Known Use of strikeout


1887, in the meaning defined above


1707, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of strikeout

baseball : an out in baseball that occurs when a batter gets three strikes


strike·​out | \ ˈstrīk-ˌau̇t How to pronounce strikeout (audio) \

Kids Definition of strikeout

: an out in baseball that results from a batter getting three strikes during a turn at bat

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