strike·​out | \ˈstrīk-ˌau̇t \

Definition of strikeout 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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

strike 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

Ohtani was 4-2 with a 3.31 ERA and 63 strikeouts over 51 2/3 innings in 10 starts. Jim Armstrong, The Seattle Times, "Acuna honored to be named National League Rookie of the Year," 13 Nov. 2018 Gerrit Cole of the Houston Astros reacts after a strikeout in Game 2 of the ALDS. Brian Costa, WSJ, "Red Sox-Astros: An Elite Battle of Heavyweights," 12 Oct. 2018 Ramírez whiffed seven batters, with back-to-back strikeouts in the first and fourth innings. Katherine Fominykh,, "Orioles ride rookie Yefry Ramírez to beat error-riddled Rangers, 1-0," 15 July 2018 Over his last two starts, he's allowed a total of two earned runs with 14 strikeouts in 10 2/3 innings. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "Fantasy baseball waiver wire: Pitchers to stash before the All-Star break," 13 July 2018 He’s tied for sixth in the league with 87 strikeouts in 95 1/3 innings. Scott Lauber,, "Nick Williams thriving in everyday role for Phillies after biding his time on bench," 9 July 2018 Since April 17, Harper had hit .189 with 79 strikeouts in 69 games. Tom Verducci,, "Nine Innings: How Bryce Harper Is Trying to Revive His Season, What We Learned in the First Half and More," 9 July 2018 Avila, who was signed to a two-year deal in January to take over as the Diamondbacks’ starting catcher this season, has struggled to the tune of a .124 batting average to go along with 54 strikeouts in 45 games. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Diamondbacks activate struggling catcher Alex Avila from disabled list," 7 July 2018 Greene, a right-handed pitcher capable of throwing above 100 mph, owns a 2.31 ERA at Class-A Dayton in his last 10 starts with 59 strikeouts in 50 ⅔ innings. Bobby Nightengale,, "Dilson Herrera promoted to Cincinnati Reds roster, adding solid bat to the Reds' bench," 6 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Two of the breakout stars of the USA reality show Chrisley Knows Best are striking out on their own. Megan Friedman, Country Living, "Savannah and Chase From ‘Chrisley Knows Best’ Are Getting Their Own Show," 31 Oct. 2018 Considering Hader hasn’t allowed a run and has struck out 48% of the batters unfortunate enough to step up to the plate against him in these playoffs, the Brewers couldn’t have devised a better blueprint. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "Brewers Send NLCS to Game 7—and Keep Their Ace Up Their Sleeve," 20 Oct. 2018 Don't hold your breath Rua struck out, and the streak lives on. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Rangers Reaction: Were Rangers trying to save Choo’s streak by not using him to hit late?," 11 July 2018 The 22-year-old right-hander allowed only one hit, struck out five and won his first Double-A San Antonio start with six strong innings in a 7-2 win over visiting Arkansas on Saturday night. Jeff Sanders,, "Chris Paddack dominant in Texas League debut," 8 July 2018 Hall, 19, allowed three unearned runs in that game and entered Friday having struck out 39 against 23 walks with a 3.43 ERA in 44 2/3 innings over 12 appearances (10 starts). Jon Meoli,, "Orioles minor league report: Branden Kline's prospect status on the rise in return to Bowie," 30 June 2018 This was a strange one, Romo striking out the Nationals’ outfielder to finish a game and then screaming at him as Taylor walked off with his back to the Rays’ reliever. John Shea,, "Could Giants, other teams be cautious at trade deadline because of luxury tax?," 30 June 2018 Everyone noted the lack of batting gloves: In the sixth inning, Duffy struck out, so the hit streak came to an end. Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "Royals' Danny Duffy took a mighty swing and ... his bat flew into Brewers' dugout," 28 June 2018 Ayers is a University of Kentucky commit who struck out 50 for the Wolves this season in just 33 innings. James Weber,, "2018 MLB Draft: Which Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky current, ex-preps stars were selected?," 7 June 2018

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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 \

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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