how to pronounce halfback


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halfback is pronounced in two syllables

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meanings of halfback


  1. The player who feeds the ball into the scrum, and receives the ball as it emerges from the back of the scrum.
  2. Any of various positions on the field of play between the forwards and the fullbacks.
  3. One of three players (the centre halfback and two halfback flankers) on the line between the centre line and the fullback line.
  4. A player in the halfback position, with both offensive and defensive roles.
  5. A defensive back whose primary jobs are to cover the slotback on passing plays and prevent running plays from going to the outside.
  6. An offensive back whose primary jobs are to carry the ball on running plays and to serve as a receiver or blocker on passing plays.
  7. (field sports) A player who occupies one of these positions.


  1. To play in the position of halfback.

halfback frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word halfback occurs in english on average 0.1 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

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