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[foo l-bak] /ˈfʊlˌbæk/
noun, Football.
a running back who lines up behind the quarterback and is farthest from the line of scrimmage.
the position played by this back.
(in soccer, Rugby, field hockey) a player stationed near the defended goal to carry out chiefly defensive duties.
Origin of fullback
First recorded in 1885-90; full1 + back1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The Army had the ball and the fullback punted it to the center of the field.

  • You'd make a good vault to store footballs in, but you're too stationary for a fullback.

    At Good Old Siwash George Fitch
  • "fullback's the big problem," said Tompkins, as they started across the field.

    Stover at Yale Owen Johnson
  • Masters, the fullback, dropped to the rear in position for a place kick.

    The Galloping Ghost Roy J. Snell
  • Sevensee would be fullback or center and Illy left end—what a receiver!

    The Big Time Fritz Reuter Leiber
  • The mainmast was consecrated to the left half, and the mizzen to the fullback.

    Football Days William H. Edwards
  • I'm hot on the trail of a fullback that will make Ted Coy at his coyest look like the paralyzed inmate of an old man's home.

    T. Haviland Hicks Senior J. Raymond Elderdice
  • Walbridge and Barclay were a great team in themselves, backed up by Bray at fullback.

    Football Days William H. Edwards
  • In 1898, when he went to Bucknell, he was immediately put at fullback and played there three years.

    Football Days William H. Edwards
British Dictionary definitions for fullback


(soccer, hockey) one of two defensive players positioned in front of the goalkeeper
(rugby) a defensive player positioned close to his own line
the position held by any of these players
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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