quarterback [kwawr-ter-bak] ExamplesWord Originnoun
- a back in football who usually lines up immediately behind the center and directs the offense of the team.
- the position played by this back.
- a person who leads or directs a group or activity.
verb (used with object)
- to direct the offense of (a team).
- to lead or direct: to quarterback a public-relations campaign.
verb (used without object)
- to play the position of quarterback.
Origin of quarterback An Americanism dating back to 1875–80; quarter + back1 Related Words for quarterback adviser, instructor, expert, doctor, consultant, confidant, aide, director, tutor, mentor, lawyer, counselor, force, attend, get, manage, drive, see, show, head Examples from the Web for quarterback Contemporary Examples of quarterback
But that quiet approach has served the onetime UCLA quarterback, now 63, well through his lengthy acting career.
September 23, 2014
Or consider the case of Florida State quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston.
July 24, 2014
University of Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles—“WHO?”
May 9, 2014
Now, the Green Bay Packers quarterback is a Super Bowl champion, most valuable player, and State Farm Discount Double-Check guy.
May 9, 2014
Michael Vick The next couple seasons should be the last hurrah for the almost 34-year-old quarterback.
March 12, 2014
Historical Examples of quarterback
Foss, the Ohio quarterback, was the individual star of the game.
Edwin L. Miller
Roehm, the quarterback, was one of Hughitt’s understudies last season.
M. Lyle Spencer
There came a punt and the Harvard quarterback raced down the field.
But he knew that was exactly what the Harvard quarterback intended to prevent.
Arthur Stanwood Pier
I said to the coach: ‘I think something has happened to our quarterback.’
William H. Edwards
British Dictionary definitions for quarterback quarterback noun US and Canadian
- a player in American or Canadian football, positioned usually behind the centre, who directs attacking play
- Monday-morning quarterbacking wisdom after the event, esp by spectators
Word Origin and History for quarterback n.
in U.S. football, 1876, from quarter (n.) + back (n.); so called from his position on the field at the start of play, between the halfback and the center. As a verb from 1945. Figurative sense from 1952. Monday morning quarterback is 1932 (n.), 1972 (v.); originally pro football player slang for sportswriters (U.S. professional football games typically are played on Sundays).