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noun Football.
  1. a running back who lines up behind the quarterback and is farthest from the line of scrimmage.
  2. the position played by this back.
  3. (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
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Related Words for fullback

halfback, tailback, fullback, slotback, wingback

Examples from the Web for fullback

Contemporary Examples of fullback

Historical Examples of fullback

  • 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.

  • Sevensee would be fullback or center and Illy left end—what a receiver!

    The Big Time

    Fritz Reuter Leiber

British Dictionary definitions for fullback


  1. soccer hockey one of two defensive players positioned in front of the goalkeeper
  2. rugby a defensive player positioned close to his own line
  3. the position held by any of these players
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