[ leed-awf, -of ]
/ ˈlidˌɔf, -ˌɒf /


an act that starts something; start; beginning.
Baseball. the player who is first in the batting order or who is first to bat for a team in an inning.


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Origin of leadoff

First recorded in 1890–95; noun use of verb phrase lead off

Definition for leadoff (2 of 2)

[ leed-awf, -of ]
/ ˈlidˌɔf, -ˌɒf /


leading off or beginning: the lead-off item on the agenda.

Origin of lead-off

First recorded in 1885–90; adj. use of verb phrase lead off
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