tweener

noun
tween·​er | \ ˈtwē-nər How to pronounce tweener (audio) \

Definition of tweener

: a player who has some but not all of the necessary characteristics for each of two or more positions (as in football or basketball)

Examples of tweener in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Missing from the lineup today was an update to the iPad Mini, a solid device whose tweener status has never been more awkward or uncomfortable. WSJ, "Apple's October 2018 Event: A New MacBook Air (Finally) and a Face-Reading iPad Pro," 30 Oct. 2018 At 6-2 and 215 pounds, Davis-Gaither might have been written off as a tweener in another era. Michael Middlehurst-schwartz, USA TODAY, "13 NFL draft sleepers to watch during college bowl season," 12 Dec. 2019 Paschall is a tweener, too small for power forward, too big for big guard. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "Warriors’ Eric Paschall for Rookie of the Year? Steve Kerr for Coach of the Year?," 4 Dec. 2019 Who noticed Lamb was more than just a catch-and-shoot tweener, able to slot in at shooting guard or small forward? J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Jeremy Lamb checks out from top to bottom in Indiana Pacers' roster makeover," 5 Nov. 2019 Although scouts, media and fans began to nitpick his game, Bridges posted another successful campaign as a powerful tweener forward with a reliable three-point stroke. Jake Fischer, SI.com, "2018 NBA Draft: Miles Bridges Scouting Report and Highlights," 18 June 2018 Although scouts, media and fans began to nitpick his game, Bridges posted another successful campaign as a powerful tweener forward with a reliable three-point stroke. Jake Fischer, SI.com, "2018 NBA Draft: Miles Bridges Scouting Report and Highlights," 18 June 2018 Although scouts, media and fans began to nitpick his game, Bridges posted another successful campaign as a powerful tweener forward with a reliable three-point stroke. Jake Fischer, SI.com, "2018 NBA Draft: Miles Bridges Scouting Report and Highlights," 18 June 2018 The Jacksonville rookie’s tweener size gives him a distinct advantage on those get-low inside moves that have a potential to blow up shotgun handoffs. Conor Orr, SI.com, "Murray, Haskins, Jackson and More: Takeaways From Thursday’s Preseason Games," 16 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of tweener

1978, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tweener

between + -er entry 2

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“Tweener.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tweener. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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