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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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  • "Yes, and their shortstop is as good as you can find them," added Spouter.

  • The second batter hit to shortstop and reached first on a fumble.

    Copper Coleson's Ghost Edward P. Hendrick
  • McCann, shortstop and captain of the team, was a fighting Irishman with a peppery temper and a bullying disposition.

    Frank Merriwell's Son Burt L. Standish
  • shortstop was covering second, and the infield was playing close.

    Weatherby's Inning Ralph Henry Barbour
  • Both the shortstop and the second baseman were facing the outfield, watching the soaring ball.

  • The shortstop, a sure hitter in a pinch, strode to the plate.

  • The freshmen were Jack and a small, wiry chap, named Clover, who was trying for shortstop.

    Weatherby's Inning Ralph Henry Barbour
  • It must not be inferred that grand-stand playing is confined to the shortstop.

    Outdoor Sports and Games Claude H. Miller
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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