wide receiver


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web That process will be complicated by the uncertainty around Jackson’s future with the Ravens and by the lack of talent at wide receiver on the team’s current roster. Childs Walker, Baltimore Sun, 19 Jan. 2023 He's gotten to play with a bevy of first-round talent at wide receiver, from Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave to Jaxon Smith-Njigba and Marvin Harrison. Nate Atkins, The Indianapolis Star, 17 Jan. 2023 In the end, though, the Bulldogs were the undisputed class of the FBS and made a huge statement with that win against Alabama, even if the Tide were scraping the bottom of the barrel at wide receiver. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, 11 Jan. 2023 The team’s top deep threat at wide receiver, Williams was injured in the second quarter of a 31-28 loss at Denver on Sunday. Los Angeles Times, 10 Jan. 2023 Behind CeeDee Lamb and Michael Gallup, there isn’t much else to discuss at wide receiver. Dallas News, 12 Dec. 2022 Obviously doing so will start with Stroud’s arm, getting the ball to the riches at wide receiver. Stephen Means, cleveland, 31 Dec. 2022 Herbert finally has a full complement of weapons at wide receiver, and the Chargers’ depth could test a Colts cornerback group that won’t have Kenny Moore II. The Indianapolis Star, 25 Dec. 2022 Now with Keelan Marion and Cam Ross expected back at wide receiver, Brian Brewton back and Devontae Houston at full speed in the backfield, Turner will be surrounded by players with the ability to separate and the Huskies’ offense could open up. Dom Amore, Hartford Courant, 16 Dec. 2022 See More

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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 2 Feb. 2023.

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