Definition of quarterback in US English:

quarterback

noun

American Football
  • 1A player positioned behind the center who directs a team's offensive play.

    • ‘Long was at his best in the big games, relentlessly pursuing quarterbacks and running backs.’
    • ‘The Jets-Ravens total has been of interest to me, considering both teams are starting reserve quarterbacks.’
    • ‘Look for the team to add a quarterback and offensive linemen on Day 2 of the draft.’
    • ‘When a shot is taken by your team, the quarterback is usually running back to mid-court for defensive balance.’
    • ‘Rookie quarterbacks deal with offensive playbooks that dwarf the ones they studied in college.’
    • ‘The Super Bowl is the place where American football's great quarterbacks go to get rings and establish legacies.’
    • ‘Confronted by quicker, strong defensive players, quarterbacks with legs have a better opportunity to find ways to make plays.’
    • ‘I knew I wasn't going to be a quarterback or a linebacker or anything like that.’
    • ‘For the first time, one school had a quarterback and two running backs drafted in the first round.’
    • ‘Let that be a lesson to all of the NFL teams that believe a quarterback has to be rushed into the lineup.’
    • ‘Both teams started their backup quarterbacks but neither finished the game.’
    • ‘Billick suggested that work with a sports psychologist might help Boller, as well as the team's other quarterbacks.’
    • ‘Merriman plays as both a defensive end and outside linebacker, and quarterbacks better make sure they know where he is.’
    • ‘The run defense was stout, and the team pressured quarterbacks despite problems at defensive end.’
    • ‘Starting quarterbacks, wide receivers and running backs were ineligible for consideration.’
    • ‘The team filled its needs by signing veterans at defensive tackle, wide receiver and quarterback and on the offensive line.’
    • ‘Sapp is a tremendously disruptive player who forces quarterbacks into mistakes and running backs into cuts they don't want to make.’
    • ‘Both teams have strong-armed quarterbacks and dangerous receivers.’
    • ‘I think I am going to go heavy on running backs and receivers and leave the tight ends and quarterbacks for down the line.’
    • ‘Just about every NFL team has a quarterback in place who is viewed as the future of the franchise.’
    1. 1.1North American A person who directs or coordinates an operation or project.
      • ‘They are the quarterbacks, the lead singers, the objects of admiration and envy.’
      • ‘The fact of the matter is, the town has got a lot of people in it who are armchair quarterbacks, or who like to comment on the passing scene.’
      • ‘You're just going to be our personal quarterback for the season.’
      • ‘We intent to make the announcement today that we have added, to borrow a football term, a true quarterback for this team, and a leader and a mentor.’
      • ‘Quite often, everyone is acting independently, with the exception of the accountant, the quarterback.’
      • ‘Key to it is creating a new director of national intelligence, a quarterback, if you will.’

verb

[with object]American Football
  • 1Play as a quarterback for (a particular team).

    • ‘So far, McNabb has quarterbacked the Eagles to four postseason appearances in his career.’
    • ‘Then there's Vick, who is going to be quarterbacking Dan Reeves' team.’
    • ‘It has been four years, three teams and countless off-the-field incidents since Kerry Collins quarterbacked a playoff team.’
    • ‘Herrion, 23, played college ball at Utah and was a captain on the 2003 team that was quarterbacked by sophomore Alex Smith, now a rookie starter with the 49ers.’
    • ‘‘We were always totally prepared,’ says Robbie Bosco, who quarterbacked the Cougars' 1984 national title team and now is a member of Gary Crowton's BYU staff.’
    • ‘He couldn't grip the ball quite as well, and backup Neil O'Donnell - yes, the same Neil O'Donnell that quarterbacked the Steelers to the Super Bowl all those years ago - was forced to come in.’
    • ‘‘My wife put the phone up to his ear and said he was blinking,’ says Kelly, who quarterbacked the Buffalo Bills to four straight Super Bowls in the '90s.’
    • ‘He quarterbacks his team like a drill sergeant, constantly shouting out instructions.’
    • ‘Brett Favre, whose 27 touchdown passes tied for the NFC lead, has quarterbacked the same team longer than any NFL signal caller.’
    • ‘But when he quarterbacked Super Bowl 15 for the Eagles against the Oakland Raiders, he threw three critical interceptions, which led to a 27-10 Philadelphia loss.’
    • ‘Yet even after McNair quarterbacked the Titans to the Super Bowl in the 1999 season, most of the attention - and the credit - continued to be directed toward George.’
    • ‘Shula also quarterbacked the first losing team after Bryant, finishing 5-6 in 1984.’
    • ‘He quarterbacked his team to a flag football title, coached a B-league championship, took the A-league softball crown in 1998 with Black Magic, and even added a ping pong championship as icing on the cake.’
    • ‘When Ken Stabler quarterbacked the Raiders, he would take the game plan worked out by QB coach Tom Flores and then discard about half of it, keeping only the plays he wanted to run.’
    • ‘Most of these physicists, after all, were not exactly quarterbacking the football team in high school.’
    • ‘His ability to quarterback the team has also allowed Payton to operate without as many double-teams.’
    • ‘You never can write off a team quarterbacked by Brett Favre, but you have to wonder whether Green Bay's window of opportunity is closing.’
    • ‘For example, we used Bob Griese in 1972 instead of Earl Morrall, who quarterbacked the Miami Dolphins through most of their undefeated regular season because Griese was injured.’
    • ‘Anyone who quarterbacks a team that doesn't score in three straight games is on the spot.’
    • ‘He quarterbacked the football team to a league title.’
    1. 1.1North American Direct or coordinate (an operation or project).
      • ‘Indeed, the whole process is quarterbacked out of the Counsel's office.’
      • ‘The commander is the most unique position in that it allows one player to quarterback the entire team's operations.’
      • ‘CFO Simms, who is quarterbacking the technology changes in Kinston, notes that the ASN requirements will begin to go downstream to components suppliers in November of this year.’
      • ‘So we got out the playbook and quarterbacked our companies into the worst automotive recession in a decade.’
      • ‘Should the selection of the next Associate Justice of the Supreme Court be quarterbacked by a man who is currently the subject of an on-going criminal investigation?’

Pronunciation

quarterback

/ˈkwɔrdərˌbæk//ˈkwôrdərˌbak/