wide receiver


Definition of 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 Junior wide receiver Treylon Burks is one to watch on offense. Nubyjas Wilborn | Nwilborn@al.com, al, 15 Oct. 2021 The sophomore wide receiver has 741 receiving yards and 49 receptions — both of which rank No. 3 in the nation — and seven touchdowns. Khobi Price, sun-sentinel.com, 15 Oct. 2021 The headliners have established themselves, as Westview wide receiver Darrius Clemons has been selected as an All-American Bowl participant and Central Catholic playmaker Riley Williams is listed as the nation’s No. 4 tight end. oregonlive, 15 Oct. 2021 Wentz hung in the pocket long enough to target wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr., who’d easily beaten cornerback Anthony Averett downfield, for a 42-yard touchdown. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, 14 Oct. 2021 Senior wide receiver Brandon Johnson has a team-high five touchdowns this season. Keith Jenkins, The Enquirer, 14 Oct. 2021 The first came on UW’s opening offensive series when Mertz locked on wide receiver Chimere Dike on third and goal from the 7. Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 14 Oct. 2021 Cornerback Josh Norman was a social-media target after he was flagged for holding, pass interference (it was declined) and was in coverage on the 9-yard touchdown pass to All-Pro wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins in the fourth quarter. Eric Branch, San Francisco Chronicle, 12 Oct. 2021 Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins fully participated in their Friday practice. Dana Scott, The Arizona Republic, 1 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of wide receiver

1960, in the meaning defined above

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“Wide receiver.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wide%20receiver. Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of wide receiver

: a player on the offensive team who specializes in catching forward passes


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