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 Carter is a tweener (6-foot-3, 285 pounds) who played inside and out for the Gators, while contributing against the pass and run. Eddie Brown, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Mar. 2022 With a relative light and snappy demeanor, the Launch is somewhat of a unique ’tweener that bridges the categories of performance trainers/racers and the wide range of high-mileage trainers that are about a full ounce lighter. Brian Metzler, Outside Online, 27 Feb. 2020 Disu could pour in points, but the mid-growth spurt tweener had adopted a laissez-faire approach to defense, so White typically employed hockey-style shifts to save the sophomore from getting devoured. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, 26 Oct. 2021 While there’s no shortage of coding platforms and resources for children (Tynker, Code Monkey and Kodable, to name just a few), many seem geared towards younger kids, with little to entice tweener girls. Jennifer Barton, Wired, 5 Oct. 2021 Somewhat of a tweener and had some injury concerns. oregonlive, 18 July 2021 Somewhat of a tweener and had some injury concerns. oregonlive, 18 July 2021 Somewhat of a tweener and had some injury concerns. oregonlive, 18 July 2021 Stephens can play corner or safety, and Martindale likes those hybrid/tweener types. Mike Preston, baltimoresun.com, 31 July 2021 See More

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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 2 Oct. 2022.

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