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halfback Syllabification: half·back
Pronunciation: /ˈhafˌbak/

Definition of halfback in English:


1An offensive back usually positioned behind the quarterback and to the side of the fullback.
Example sentences
  • At Notre Dame, Hornung played quarterback, halfback and fullback.
  • The Downtown Athletic Club officially lists the Ohio State Buckeye as a quarterback / halfback.
  • Before Toombs showed up looking like a guard, there was debate about whether he was best suited to play halfback or fullback at the next level.
1.1A usually defensive player in a ball game such as soccer or field hockey whose position is between the line or the forward.
Example sentences
  • Hockey should follow suit with special coaches for goalkeepers, defenders, halfbacks and forwards.
  • This has been a continuation of an age-old argument in New Zealand rugby history when two halfbacks of similar class have been available.
  • From a rugby league point of view, if you talk mentors the biggest impact on me was Ricky Stuart, he was awesome and reinvented the way a halfback plays rugby league.
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