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[groun-der] /ˈgraʊn dər/
noun, Baseball.
Origin of grounder
1865-70, Americanism; ground1 + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Word Origin and History for grounder

"one who establishes," c.1400, agent noun from ground (v.). Baseball sense attested by 1867; earlier in cricket.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for grounder



  1. A cigarette butt (1930+ Hoboes)
  2. A batted baseball that rolls along the ground (1861+ Baseball)
  3. A homicide case that be easily and quickly solved: decided to hand Kennedy the 23rd Street jumper, which he thought was a grounder (1980s+ Police)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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