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 Somewhat of a tweener and had some injury concerns. oregonlive, 13 May 2021 Did the dreaded tweener label cost the 6-2, 221-pound hybrid defender on draft day? Michael Middlehurst-schwartz, USA TODAY, 3 May 2021 Owusu-Koramoah, 2021 draft: See what other teams view as a potential tweener as a great fit for what Woods wants in a smaller linebacker, consider him in the first round, trade up for him in the second. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, 2 May 2021 This segment saw a random heel turn from Lance Archer, who has been treading water as a tweener for far too long. Alfred Konuwa, Forbes, 11 Mar. 2021 Mazda’s affordable, capable CX-5 compact is my pick of the compact segment, but Mazda doesn’t not offer a tweener, mid-size SUV like the Sorento. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 16 Jan. 2021 Obi Toppin’s fairy-tale path from a skinny high school tweener without a single offer from a four-year college to an N.B.A. lottery pick began with a promise. David Waldstein, New York Times, 19 Nov. 2020 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, 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, 12 Dec. 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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16 May 2021

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“Tweener.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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