[ in-ing ]
/ ˈɪn ɪŋ /


Origin of inning

before 900; Middle English inninge, Old English innung a getting in, equivalent to inn(ian) to go in + -ung -ing1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for innings

British Dictionary definitions for innings (1 of 2)


/ (ˈɪnɪŋz) /


(functioning as singular) cricket
  1. the batting turn of a player or team
  2. the runs scored during such a turn
(sometimes singular) a period of opportunity or action
(functioning as plural) land reclaimed from the sea

British Dictionary definitions for innings (2 of 2)


/ (ˈɪnɪŋ) /


baseball a division of the game consisting of a turn at bat and a turn in the field for each side
archaic the reclamation of land from the sea

Word Origin for inning

Old English innung a going in, from innian to go in
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Word Origin and History for innings



Old English innung "a taking in, a putting in," gerundive of innian "get within, put or bring in," from inn (adv.) "in" (see in). Meaning "a team's turn in a game" first recorded 1735, usually plural in cricket, singular in baseball.

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