Definition of flanker in English:


Syllabification: flank·er
Pronunciation: /ˈflaNGkər


  • 1A person or thing situated on the flank of something, in particular.
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    • The team skipper led by example at full-back, while her flankers kept their respective markers off the scoreboard.
    • Guo moved forward into the clearing, her flankers on either side.
    • Your flankers will keep the foe from dodging your blows.
  • 1.1 Football An offensive back who lines up to the outside of an end.
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    • Knapp wants to make Price the flanker in his offense.
    • At Georgia, he had started at flanker, tailback, quarterback, and split end, and also had handled punt and kickoff return duties.
    • He is also athletic enough to have played both ways at college football's highest level, starting at flanker on a national championship team.
  • 1.2 Military A fortification guarding or menacing the side of a force or position.
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    • The 23rd Light Dragoons, raised in 1781, armed its flankers with small, short blunderbusses with elliptical muzzles referred to as musketoons.
    • It has four flankers which have a covered communication with each other, and are mounted with good guns.
  • 2British informal dated A trick; a swindle: he’s certainly pulled a flanker on the army

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