tweener

noun

tween·​er ˈtwē-nər How to pronounce tweener (audio)
: 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 Calling him a tweener would be accurate, but until Leon Powe is ready to make a comeback, the Celtics will miss him, especially when the games matter most. Chad Finn, BostonGlobe.com, 7 July 2023 Somewhat of a tweener and had some injury concerns. oregonlive, 2 Feb. 2022 Maybe talk about a coach that may be a tweener. Kirkland Crawford, Detroit Free Press, 4 Nov. 2020 Federer has helped popularize the tweener: the back-to-the-net, between-the-legs shot. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, 24 Sep. 2022 The 6-foot-3, 223-pound Black is a bit of a ‘tweener. Edgar Thompson, Orlando Sentinel, 28 Sep. 2022 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 See More

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Word History

Etymology

between + -er entry 2

First Known Use

1978, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tweener was in 1978

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Cite this Entry

“Tweener.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tweener. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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