Share this entry

running back Syllabification: run·ning back

Definition of running back in English:


An offensive player, typically a halfback, who specializes in carrying the ball.
Example sentences
  • The offensive line and running backs are inconsistent, and the quarterbacks are green.
  • He also has the lateral agility and footwork to run with most tight ends and some running backs.
  • The more carries a running back gets, the better chance he has of wearing down a defense.

Definition of running back in:

Share this entry


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources