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[groun-der] /ˈgraʊn dər/
noun, Baseball.
Origin of grounder
An Americanism dating back to 1865-70; ground1 + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Historical Examples
  • Barrett went out on a grounder to Mornier, Jackwell taking second.

  • Grimm made Burkett hit a grounder to first that was an easy out.

  • Pender got to first, when Larry was slow in fielding his grounder.

    Baseball Joe, Home Run King

    Lester Chadwick
  • This tool may be used as a grounder when the wood is slightly hollow, or liable to tear up under the flat grounder.

    Wood-Carving George Jack
  • "Fly" and "grounder" to her were simply undistinguishable terms of a barbaric technical jargon.

    The Incendiary W. A. (William Augustine) Leahy
  • Jack finally drove a grounder into the hands of McCann, who whistled it over for a put-out.

    Frank Merriwell's Son Burt L. Standish
  • There was a ring of wood against leather, and an instant later Nelson, flinging himself to one side, reached for the grounder.

  • Instead of a drive, it proved to be a grounder that went clipping over the skin diamond straight into the hands of Pelty.

  • The grounder is also energized and restored to its normal position by the same current.

  • Every young American who has ever tried to stop a grounder or put one over to first will enjoy them and want to own them all.

    Tom Slade on the River Percy K. Fitzhugh
Word Origin and History for grounder

"one who establishes," c.1400, agent noun from ground (v.). Baseball sense attested by 1867; earlier in cricket.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for grounder



  1. A cigarette butt (1930+ Hoboes)
  2. A batted baseball that rolls along the ground (1861+ Baseball)
  3. A homicide case that be easily and quickly solved: decided to hand Kennedy the 23rd Street jumper, which he thought was a grounder (1980s+ Police)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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