sweep·​er | \ ˈswē-pər How to pronounce sweeper (audio) \

Definition of sweeper

1 : one that sweeps
2 : a lone back in soccer who plays between the line of the defenders and the goal

Examples of sweeper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The street sweeper collapsed last week while working in a Madrid neighborhood as Spain suffered brutal conditions that sparked wildfires across the country. BostonGlobe.com, 20 July 2022 As they were shown around a Welsh farm by Gary and Jess Yeomans, Prince William spotted a robot silage sweeper in one of the barns. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, 14 July 2022 Wilkens got hired as a street sweeper at the park the summer after his freshman year in college. Amy Wang, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 July 2022 But none of these had ever felt germane enough to include in my play, except as a possible aside from an ancillary character, a street sweeper perhaps, quickly checking the box of historical veracity and moving on. Saïd Sayrafiezadeh, The Atlantic, 21 June 2022 The Guardians have been the sweeper or the sweepee in their last six series. Paul Hoynes, cleveland, 3 May 2022 Began served with the Navy in World War II and was in command of a shallow water mine sweeper. Chicago Tribune, 30 May 2022 In fact, Iaconis said Parma Heights this year will pay off a 2002 Ohio Public Works Commission loan and street sweeper lease. John Benson, cleveland, 30 Mar. 2022 The central figure in the book, appropriately, is a crossing sweeper, named Jo. The New Yorker, 28 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of sweeper

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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9 Aug 2022

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“Sweeper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sweeper. Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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Nglish: Translation of sweeper for Spanish Speakers

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