wide receiver


: a football receiver who normally lines up several yards to the side of the offensive formation

Examples of wide receiver in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Previous previews: quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers. Parker Gabriel, The Denver Post, 11 Apr. 2024 Yes, the 49ers’ family circle could welcome in wide receivers Brenden Rice (USC), Terique Owens (Missouri State), and Luke McCaffrey (Rice); running back Frank Gore Jr. (Southern Miss); and, defensive end Ron Stone Jr. (Washington State). Cam Inman, The Mercury News, 10 Apr. 2024 In fact, it could be argued that cornerback is in worse shape on the Carolina depth chart than wide receiver. Mike Kaye, Charlotte Observer, 9 Apr. 2024 Here’s my Friday piece on Dolphins’ remaining free agent options at wide receiver. Barry Jackson, Miami Herald, 8 Apr. 2024 The former Gatorade Idaho Player of the Year, who played quarterback and wide receiver at Borah High in Boise, began his college career as a tight end. Ron Counts, Idaho Statesman, 4 Apr. 2024 The sports drama that is centered around football player Spencer James (Daniel Ezra) — which has followed the star wide receiver and his friends from his days at Crenshaw High up through his freshman year at the fictitious Golden Angeles University last season — will mark 100 episodes on May 27. Brande Victorian, The Hollywood Reporter, 2 Apr. 2024 The Chiefs drafted the wide receiver during the 2023 NFL Draft. Brian Anthony Hernandez, Peoplemag, 1 Apr. 2024 The Aztecs brought in several wide receivers from the transfer portal. Kirk Kenney, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1960, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of wide receiver was in 1960

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“Wide receiver.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wide%20receiver. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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