Definition of inning in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɪnɪŋ/


Each division of a game during which both sides have a turn at batting.
Example sentences
  • Interesting timing, because if you're going to cut the game short, it seems only fair to announce it before a full inning, so both sides have fair warning.
  • Casey, who grew up near Pittsburgh, says he thought a lot about batting in the first inning of the first game at a new stadium in his hometown.
  • Then in the seventh inning, the center fielder singled home the go-ahead run.


Old English innung 'a putting or getting in', related to in. The current sense dates from the mid 19th century.

Words that rhyme with inning

beginning, thinning, twinning, underpinning, winning

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: in¦ning

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