[ fool-bak ]
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  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.

  1. (in soccer, Rugby, field hockey) a player stationed near the defended goal to carry out chiefly defensive duties.

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Origin of fullback

First recorded in 1885–90; full1 + back1

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British Dictionary definitions for fullback


/ (ˈfʊlˌbæk) /

  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

  1. the position held by any of these players

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