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strike·​out ˈstrīk-ˌau̇t How to pronounce strikeout (audio)
: an out in baseball resulting from a batter's being charged with three strikes

strike out

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

intransitive verb

: to enter upon a course of action
: to set out vigorously
: to make an out in baseball by a strikeout
: 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

Examples of strikeout in a Sentence

Verb 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
In 130 games with Houston and Chicago, Mancini hit just .210 (84 for 400) with 12 home runs and 122 strikeouts. Jordan McPherson, Miami Herald, 21 Feb. 2024 Top prospect Taj Bradley looked good in his first 10 big-league starts, posting a 2.66 FIP and 71 strikeouts in 49 innings – but then the wheels fell off. Jesse Yomtov, USA TODAY, 20 Feb. 2024 Additionally, Schreiber recorded a 28.8 strikeout percentage and 7.4 walk percentage. Jaylon Thompson, Kansas City Star, 17 Feb. 2024 Overall, Bedard went 40-34 with a 3.83 ERA and 639 strikeouts with the Orioles. Paul McCardell, Baltimore Sun, 14 Feb. 2024 In 82 career games, Bender has a 2.90 ERA with 88 strikeouts over 80 2/3 innings. Jordan McPherson, Miami Herald, 5 Feb. 2024 Last year, Ohtani became the first player to finish in the top 15 in both home runs hit and strikeouts pitched in a season since the mound was moved to its current distance in 1893. Andrew Torgan, CNN, 4 Feb. 2024 Middleton has a 10-8 career record with a 3.84 ERA, 15 saves and 199 strikeouts over his 194 1/3 innings pitched., 4 Feb. 2024 In 32 games with Class AAA Louisville, the 6-foot, 235-pound reliever was 4-0 with seven saves, 17 walks, 39 strikeouts, a 1.17 WHIP and a .192 opponent batting average in 35 innings. John Shipley, Twin Cities, 2 Feb. 2024
Andrew Habermann threw a complete game, walking two, striking out two and giving up three hits. Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times, 18 Feb. 2024 But Martinez, who had a long history in retail before striking out on his own, has chosen a much different model for his latest venture. Miles Klee, Rolling Stone, 17 Feb. 2024 Unfortunately, the Tampa Bay pitcher easily strikes out the star. Melissa Locker, Southern Living, 16 Feb. 2024 Chapman will always strike out a lot, which suppresses his batting average, but that’s counterbalanced by his high walk rate, above-average power, superb defense, and durability. Daniel R. Epstein, Forbes, 16 Feb. 2024 Cooking for nine people is no small feat, but watching and then helping my mom do just that gave me the basic skills and confidence to strike out on my own. Sarah Schutte, National Review, 11 Feb. 2024 Ricardo Pinto struck out six over 5 2/3 innings before leaving with the bases loaded and two outs in the sixth after giving up a single to Emilio Bonifacio, walking Robinson Cano and hitting Dawel Lugo. Jordan McPherson, Miami Herald, 10 Feb. 2024 In three starts, Bubic allowed seven runs and struck out 16 batters. Jaylon Thompson, Kansas City Star, 8 Feb. 2024 If Elias, the Orioles’ executive vice president and general manager, strikes out in his push for bringing in a front-of-rotation starter, manager Brandon Hyde will have a few options to slide in at the fifth spot behind returners Kyle Bradish, Grayson Rodriguez, John Means and Dean Kremer. Sam Cohn, Baltimore Sun, 27 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1887, in the meaning defined above


1707, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of strikeout was in 1707

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Cite this Entry

“Strikeout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
strike·​out ˈstrī-ˌkau̇t How to pronounce strikeout (audio)
: an out in baseball resulting from a batter's being charged with three strikes

strike out

2 of 2 verb
: to enter upon a course of action
struck out on my own after graduation
: to make an out or cause to make an out in baseball by a strikeout
the shortstop struck out
the pitcher struck him out with a curve

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