penalty killer

noun Ice Hockey.

a player used when the player's team is short-handed as a result of a penalty, especially a player skilled at defense and employed regularly in such situations.

Nearby words

  1. penalty area,
  2. penalty box,
  3. penalty corner,
  4. penalty double,
  5. penalty kick,
  6. penalty point,
  7. penalty rates,
  8. penalty shoot-out,
  9. penalty shot,
  10. penalty stroke

Origin of penalty killer

First recorded in 1960–65 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for penalty killer

penalty killer


ice hockey a good player who, when his team is short-handed because of a penalty, is sent onto the ice to prevent the other side from scoring
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