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[ kach-er ]
/ ˈkætʃ ər /


a person or thing that catches.
Baseball. the player stationed behind home plate, whose chief duty is to catch pitches not hit by the batter.
a member of an aerialist team, as in a circus, who hangs head down from a trapeze and catches another member who has completed a jump or somersault through the air.
Metalworking. a person who feeds metal rods through a looping mill.
Electronics. catcher resonator.See under Klystron.


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Nearby words

catch-colt, catch-cord, catch-up, catchall, catchcry, catcher, catcher in the rye, the, catcher resonator, catcher's box, catchfly, catching

Origin of catcher

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50; see origin at catch, -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for catcher


/ (ˈkætʃə) /


a person or thing that catches, esp in a game or sport
baseball a fielder who stands behind home plate and catches pitched balls not hit by the batter
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for catcher



"one who catches," in any sense, mid-14c., agent noun from catch (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper