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

With Rick Porcello going 0 for 2, Sox pitchers are 1 for 21 in interleague games this season with one RBI and 11 strikeouts., "“He’s still sore,” Cora said. “But we don’t feel like it’s something that’s going to take him a while. Hopefully, he’ll be back in the lineup for the Giants and finish the season strong.”," 16 Sep. 2019 Last outing: Pitched two-run ball for four innings, scattering five hits and a walk with three strikeouts in a 2-1 loss at the Colorado Rockies. Chris Wassel, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Milwaukee Brewers at St. Louis Cardinals odds, picks and best bets," 15 Sep. 2019 Houser has been tremendous of late for a Brewers team that has seen its rotation decimated by injuries, going 2-0 with a 1.54 earned run average and 22 strikeouts in 23⅓ innings in four starts. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Adrian Houser is feeling better after some adjustments to his sore left hip," 28 Aug. 2019 The Padres, on pace to set the club’s single-season record for strikeouts, used quality at-bats early to create cushion against Boston. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Free-swinging Padres fend off strikeouts at right time to stop Red Sox," 25 Aug. 2019 Marquez is on track for 218 strikeouts this season after setting a club record with 230 last year. Kyle Newman, The Denver Post, "Kyle Freeland heads to injured list with groin strain; Rockies recall reliever Wes Parsons from Triple-A," 22 Aug. 2019 Yet both have gotten even better by hunting for strikeouts in this swing-and-miss age. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, "The Astros Are Major League Baseball’s Happy Place," 16 Aug. 2019 His career numbers were 203-105, a 3.38 ERA, 67 complete games and 2,117 strikeouts in 2749.1 innings. Jill Martin, CNN, "Brandy Halladay gives emotional Hall of Fame induction speech for her late husband Roy Halladay," 22 July 2019 Four relievers combined for seven strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings. Hunter Atkins, Houston Chronicle, "Astros hang on to defeat Rangers in 11 innings," 14 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Porcello went five innings, surrendering two runs while striking out out six., "Vazquez's grand slam," 16 Sep. 2019 Wheeler limited Los Angeles to one run over seven innings while striking out nine without a walk. Los Angeles Times, "Kenta Maeda notches save, Kenley Jansen pitches a flawless eighth in Dodgers’ win," 15 Sep. 2019 Edwards hit a league-best .336 in 77 games while striking out in just 4.2 percent of his at-bats. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Minors: Campusano hits 15th homer, Cantillo and Edwards earn Midwest awards," 24 Aug. 2019 In an April 3 game against the Miami Marlins, deGrom homered while striking out 14 batters. Ellen J. Horrow, USA TODAY, "New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom makes MLB history with his arm and his bat," 22 Aug. 2019 Taylor, a left-hander from the University of Arkansas, limited the Pilots to a single hit while striking out three and walking one. Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage Bucs topple Pilots to capture Alaska Baseball League championship," 7 Aug. 2019 Norris allowed seven hits and two walks, while striking out three. Chris Nelsen, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers drop Game 1 of doubleheader; Travis Demeritte learns Comerica Park," 6 Aug. 2019 This season for the Mariners, Elias has appeared in 44 games, collected 14 saves, and compiled a 4.40 ERA while striking out 45 batters in 47.0 innings., "Examining the Seattle Mariners’ moves at the MLB trade deadline," 2 Aug. 2019 Canada starting pitcher Payton Henderson earned the victory, yielding two runs on four hits while striking out six. Charles Rich, Burbank Leader, "Burbank Senior Little League All-Star softball team hits rough patch in World Series," 30 July 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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