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[shawrt-stop] /ˈʃɔrtˌstɒp/
  1. the position of the player covering the area of the infield between second and third base.
  2. a fielder who covers this position.
Also called shortstop bath. Photography, stop bath.
Origin of shortstop
1835-45, Americanism; short + stop Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for shortstop
  • All three spent significant time in their careers playing the shortstop position.
  • There are some days in which he imagines he is playing shortstop.
  • The second baseman asked to be traded in spring training because he wanted to play shortstop instead.
  • His team is comprised of a motley group of uninspired ball players with a dog-Snoopy-as shortstop.
  • Polymerization is conducted in a series of reactors using initiators and catalysts and is terminated with a shortstop solution.
  • To use a sports metaphor, a great shortstop does not make a great baseball team.
British Dictionary definitions for shortstop


  1. the fielding position to the left of second base viewed from home plate
  2. the player at this position
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Word Origin and History for shortstop

1837, from short (adj.) + stop (n.). In cricket, there also is a longstop.

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

shorts, the

noun phrase

Lack of money; a shortage of funds: He is troubled with the shorts with regard to dough (1932+)

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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