strik·​er ˈstrī-kər How to pronounce striker (audio)
: one that strikes: such as
: a player in any of several games who is striking or attempting to strike a ball
: the hammer of the striking mechanism of a clock or watch
: a blacksmith's helper who swings the sledgehammer
: a worker on strike
: a junior enlisted man in the U.S. Navy who has declared an occupational specialty
: a forward in soccer

Examples of striker in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bishop has man coverage potential on tight ends and is a bona fide striker when crashing down from his zone perch. Barry Jackson, Miami Herald, 11 Apr. 2024 Rae points out that during the recent international window, only striker Niclas Füllkrug received a national team call up. Vitas Carosella, Forbes, 29 Mar. 2024 Arsenal might be informed that things could have ended differently had Arteta spent a trifling $120 million on a striker in January. Rory Smith, New York Times, 29 Mar. 2024 Now, all of a sudden, he’s being covered by underground rap microblogs with the intensity of UK tabloids obsessing over ex–Love Island stars and Black Premier League strikers. Alphonse Pierre, Pitchfork, 22 Mar. 2024 British soccer's oldest striker is still banging in goals at age 90. USA TODAY, 11 Mar. 2024 Senior striker Landon Ruggles scored two goals in PKs to lift Maria Carrillo to the win. Joseph Dycus, The Mercury News, 22 Feb. 2024 Star striker Harry Kane, although brilliant for much of the season, missed a number of chances against Dortmund which claimed its first league win at Bayern Munich in 10 years. Ben Church, CNN, 31 Mar. 2024 Last week, the AC Milan striker netted three times to secure his nation a spot at May’s U17 European Championship in Cyprus. David Ferrini, Forbes, 29 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1581, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of striker was in 1581

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“Striker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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strik·​er ˈstrī-kər How to pronounce striker (audio)
: a worker on strike

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