Definition of halfback in US English:



American Football
  • 1An offensive back usually positioned behind the quarterback and to the side of the fullback.

    • ‘Before Toombs showed up looking like a guard, there was debate about whether he was best suited to play halfback or fullback at the next level.’
    • ‘The Downtown Athletic Club officially lists the Ohio State Buckeye as a quarterback / halfback.’
    • ‘With the tight end position unproductive in 2000, Bennett might provide a new dimension as an H-back, fullback or halfback.’
    • ‘Another favoured son of a Police officer has been selected to play the dual role of halfback / fullback.’
    • ‘At Notre Dame, Hornung played quarterback, halfback and fullback.’
    1. 1.1 A usually defensive player in a ball game such as soccer or field hockey whose position is between the line or the forward.
      • ‘He played halfback in the Australian rugby union team and was scorer in a test at Lords.’
      • ‘I made the run-on team but as a winger because the incumbent halfback was heaps bigger and faster than me, and also because the mate that introduced me to the club had broken his nose the previous week.’
      • ‘Hockey should follow suit with special coaches for goalkeepers, defenders, halfbacks and forwards.’
      • ‘From a rugby league point of view, if you talk mentors the biggest impact on me was Ricky Stuart, he was awesome and reinvented the way a halfback plays rugby league.’
      • ‘This has been a continuation of an age-old argument in New Zealand rugby history when two halfbacks of similar class have been available.’