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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 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 In those seven seasons, Yamamoto has a 70-29 record with a dazzling 1.82 ERA and 922 strikeouts over 829 and one-third innings. Dean Fioresi, CBS News, 21 Dec. 2023 Perez was 5-6 with a 3.15 ERA in 19 starts as a rookie, with 108 strikeouts in 91 ⅓ innings. Barry Jackson, Miami Herald, 25 Jan. 2024 But in 204 appearances out of the bullpen, including 65 last season between St. Louis and Toronto, Hicks’ numbers look much better: a 3.65 ERA, with more strikeouts and fewer walks. Evan Webeck, The Mercury News, 18 Jan. 2024 Ex-Twin Miguel Sano, 30, is batting .231 with two home runs and 30 strikeouts in 107 at-bats for Estellas Orientales in the Dominican Republic winter league. Charley Walters, Twin Cities, 13 Jan. 2024
On the final day of events, after striking out on three individual events, Alvarez got his medal as part of Team USA’s 5,000-meter relay. Jordan McPherson, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 So, if the Dodgers striking out with runners on base frustrates you, get ready for more of that. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 10 Jan. 2024 Although the front office struck out on its two top targets in the worst possible way — with Shohei Ohtani and Yoshinobu Yamamoto teaming up on the archrival Dodgers — the offseason hasn’t been a total dud for Farhan Zaidi and his crew. Evan Webeck, The Mercury News, 4 Jan. 2024 In his debut game, Gomes – facing Yankees pitcher Phil Hughes – struck out on four pitches in his first at-bat. Walter Villa, Miami Herald, 23 Jan. 2024 McArthur didn’t allow a run in his last 16 1/3 innings and struck out 19 batters in that stretch. Jaylon Thompson, Kansas City Star, 22 Jan. 2024 After bouncing around for six months, Morris got part-time work at one firm but soon decided to strike out on his own. Tribune News Service, Hartford Courant, 10 Jan. 2024 An All-Star in 1958 and 1959, O’Dell recorded the save in the 1958 Mid-Summer Classic, the first to be held in Baltimore, by striking out nine straight batters, five of them future Hall of Famers. Paul McCardell, Baltimore Sun, 10 Jan. 2024 This goes on until the youngsters grow independent enough to strike out on their own or are eventually chased out. Katie Liu, Discover Magazine, 9 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 23 Feb. 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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