• A player of the fielding side, whose task is to gather the ball after the batsman has hit it, to catch the batsman out, or to prevent him from scoring.
  • A defensive player in the field.
  • A dog trained in pursuit of game in the field.
  • One who fields anything.


  • From Middle English feldere, from Old English feldeware, equivalent to field + -er. The baseball sense is from 1832.

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