switch-hit·​ter ˈswich-ˈhi-tər How to pronounce switch-hitter (audio)
: a baseball player who switch-hits
slang : bisexual
: one that is flexible or adaptable
especially : a person who can work equally well in either of two jobs or capacities

Examples of switch-hitter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The 33-year-old switch-hitter has been a platoon player since, getting most of his at-bats against righthanders and starting games at all three outfield positions. Peter Abraham, BostonGlobe.com, 16 Sep. 2023 Heim, a switch-hitter, is a natural right-handed hitter and thrower. Evan Grant, Dallas News, 12 Sep. 2023 Hyde said shortly after the game the switch-hitter was going to undergo an X-ray on the hand. Jacob Calvin Meyer, Baltimore Sun, 3 Sep. 2023 Hedges is the only true right-handed batter on Texas’ bench; Robbie Grossman, the starting left fielder on Friday vs. the Minnesota Twins, is a switch-hitter. Shawn McFarland, Dallas News, 1 Sep. 2023 Entering the season, the Orioles were 1-9 when the switch-hitter swatted two long balls. Jacob Calvin Meyer, Baltimore Sun, 24 Aug. 2023 The switch-hitter has had no problems against righty Matt Manning, whose start was pushed from Friday night to tonight. Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, 19 Aug. 2023 Heim has been a switch-hitter since his freshman year in high school. Evan Grant, Dallas News, 13 Aug. 2023 The switch-hitter will swing only from the left side for the foreseeable future since the left hand is not dominant on the swing. Evan Grant, Dallas News, 9 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1919, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of switch-hitter was in 1919

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“Switch-hitter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/switch-hitter. Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

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: a baseball player who can bat either left-handed or right-handed
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