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noun Football.
  1. a player on defense who takes a position close behind the linemen.
  2. the position played by this player.
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Origin of linebacker

First recorded in 1960–65; line1 + backer
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  1. a defensive player in American or Canadian football who is positioned just behind the line of scrimmage
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