Sports Slang

There is no shortage of acronyms and abbreviations used in sports. Each sport has its own shorthand, so it can be difficult to remember what all the different abbreviations mean. The following list is a good reference to help you understand the meaning of all the slang terms used during sporting events and in the post-game analysis. You can also view specific baseball slang, golf slang, and fantasy football slang.

Slang Term Meaning Votes
vsVersus
ptsPoints
BFBatters faced
StudA highly skilled individual
WWin
PBPersonal best
ClutchAbility to perform under pressure
GOATGreatest of all time
SkolGood health
FFFantasy football
Throw the gameLose the game on purpose
AceHole in one
ownageCompletely owned
WWEWorld Wrestling Entertainment
MLBMajor League Baseball
Beast modeDominating gameplay
GFGames finished
DQDisqualify
HRHome run
CeilingUpside of a player
WRWide receiver
DFSDaily Fantasy Sports
LeBroningFlopping
RBIRuns batted in
SBSuper Bowl
MulliganRedo
TaterHome run
DLDisabled list
ROYRookie of the Year
CloserA relief pitcher that finishes a baseball game
BasebrawlBaseball brawl
FFLFantasy football league
HandcuffA fantasy football backup player
LFGLet's freaking go
NHLNational Hockey League
avgBatting average
March MadnessNCAA Basketball Tournament
RundownBaserunner stranded between two bases
Set the tableTo get on base so other hitters can score the baserunners
Bush leagueAmateur play
Snake draftDraft where the last pick in one round is the first in the next
YPGYards per game
2BSecond base
Chin musicPitch that nearly hits the batter's head
TPTriple play
PPRPoints per reception
TETight end
PFPoints for
BOATBest of all time
refReferee
statsStatistics
MVPMost valuable player
WCWWorld Championship Wrestling
SBStolen bases
LLosses
Can of cornAn easy catch by a fielder
Mendoza line.200 batting average
Victory lapGolf ball that spins around the hole then falls in
HonorsHit first from the tee in golf
RBRunning back
GhostshipA fantasy football team with no owner
Trade baitA good player that entices other teams to trade for him
Half-PPRHalf-point per reception league
KayfabePretending something fake is real
FanboyA dedicated male fan
NBANational Basketball Association
WCWorld Cup
FIFAFédération Internationale de Football Association
FOMOFFear of missing out on football
MashTo hit a baseball well
WheelsFast legs
shipChampionship
IRInjured reserve
DPDouble play
JAGJust a guy
WRWorld record
Saddam HusseinGolf shot from one bunker into another bunker
SleeperA player drafted late but exceeds expectations
RB1Starting fantasy running back
WR1First starting fantasy wide receiver
Vulture backA running back who takes scoring chances from the starter
FishCasual fantasy sports player
SharkAn experienced fantasy sports player
UndroppableA player who cannot be dropped from a fantasy team
StreamRotating players in and out of a lineup
BullishPositive outlook
MarkA fan who believes pro wrestling is real
WashedNo longer good
NLDSNational League Division Series
HomerHome run
SingleHit that results in the batter getting to first base
OPSOn-base Plus Slugging Percentage
CinderellaUnderdog sports team
One and doneSingle elimination tournament
Final FourLast four competitors
On deckBatting second
Paint the cornerTo pitch the ball over the edge of home plate
DERDefensive Efficiency Rating
BagA base
GSHGrand Slams
SteezeStyle and ease
Put him on skatesTo make a person stumble over himself
DNFDid not finish
Texas wedgePutt from off the green
ADPAverage draft position
Draft dasherA fantasy football owner who drafts a team and abandons it
Waiver hawkA fantasy sports owner who patrols the waiver wire
recReceptions
ReachTo draft a player too soon
OTOvertime
defDefense
UpsJumping ability
NFCNational Football Conference
ERAEarned run average
ABAt bat
ALCSAmerican League Championship Series
DingerHome run
RuthianPowerful
MeatballEasy pitch to hit
Baltimore chopBaseball hit that takes a large hop over an infielder
GrounderA baseball hit on the ground
DoubleHit that results in the batter getting to second base
TripleHit that results in the batter getting to third base
SLGSlugging percentage
ACLAnterior cruciate ligament
ppdPostponed
Bracket busterA team that upsets a highly ranked team
RRuns
MadduxComplete game shutout with less than 100 pitches
TCTotal chances
Bases juicedBaserunners on all three bases
Grand SlamWinning the four major golf tournaments
MBFAMake baseball fun again
SnowmanGolf score of 8
QBQuarterback
FlierGamble on a risky player
FlyerGamble on a risky player
attAttempts
tarReceiving targets
FloorDownside of a player
BearishNegative outlook
Millennial baseballA baseball strategy of swinging for home runs instead of base hits
Put overMake someone look good
PullTo hit a ball to the same side of the field in which you bat
CR7Cristiano Ronaldo
MMAMixed martial arts
YardHome run
ALDSAmerican League Division Series
AceBest starting pitcher
SPStarting pitcher
CCatcher
LCSLeague Championship Series
1BFirst base
WARWins Above Replacement
Sweet SixteenLast 16 teams in a tournament
Elite EightLast eight teams of March Madness
RubberPitcher's plate
Cellar dwellerA team constantly in last place
On the screwsHard hit
Shoestring catchCatch made just above a player's shoes
CellarLast place
AAssists
Turn twoTo record a double play
LeadoffFirst batter in the lineup
CleanupPlayer batting fourth in the lineup
fpctFielding percentage
Two baggerDouble
SVSaves
Round-tripperHome run
SteezyStyle and ease
And oneA play where a player is fouled while making a basket
RainmakerHigh trajectory golf shot
HangmanGolf score of 9
Auction draftDraft where owners bid on players
SleptTo hit someone hard
DropA ball dropped from a golfer's outstretched arm
AlbatrossThree strokes under par
QB1First starting fantasy quarterback
dDefense
QBBCQuarterback by committee
FRFumble recovery
FleecingTaking advantage of a person through a trade
fumTotal fumbles
sckSacks
sftySafety
TruthinessTruth based on feelings
MinnowWeak fantasy sports player
Get bucketsTo dominate
Cut a promoStage a promotional interview
DegenA gambler who makes foolish bets
Unforced errorAn easily-avoidable mistake
On firePerforming very well
PosterizeTo dunk on an opponent
FadeTo purposely disregard a player
FTMFWFor the mother f***ing win
JockAthlete
SivBad goaltender
AFCAmerican Football Conference
USWNTUnited States Women's National Team
KStrikeout
SOStrikeouts
NLCSNational League Championship Series
PPitcher
BloopWeakly hit fly ball
3BThird base
LFLeft field
RFRight field
SSShortstop
Ball don't lieYou get what you deserve
BracketDiagram of tournament games
Buzzer beaterA score made as the buzzer sounds
E4Error made by the second baseman
Bronx cheerNoise that signals mockery
High and tightHigh and inside pitch
LeatherDefense ability
DishHome plate
Uncle CharlieCurve ball
XBHExtra base hits
Grand SlamA four-run home run
Four baggerHome run
Paint the blackTo pitch the ball over the edge of home plate
Sweet spotThe part of the bat that provides the best contact
Twin killingDouble play
Circus catchAcrobatic catch
Three baggerTriple
Annie OakleyFree pass
SupersubA player who often scores as a substitute
Grand SlamWinning the four major tennis tournaments
LIPSLate inning pressured situations
RWRelief wins
Put out firesGet out of difficult situations
Breakfast ballA redo shot from the first tee
CheddarGood fastball
LANKLet a naysayer know
IOCInternational Olympic Committee
nattyNational championship
Go deepHit a home run
Worm burnerVery low golf shot
LumberBaseball bat
Die in the holeGolf shot that makes it to the hole and falls in
Breaking anklesCausing a player to stumble
Fire saleWhen an owner trades players away
SweeperA breaking ball that sweeps horizontally
IDPIndividual defensive player
projProjected
FlexFantasy football position that can be a RB, WR, or TE
STSpecial teams
intInterception
Garbage timeTime during a blowout game where strategies change
Damaged goodsA person who has one or more major flaws
oprkOpponent ranking
Woj bombA breaking report by Adrian Wojnarowski
ZebraA game official
HonnoldingStanding up straight on a narrow ledge with your back to the wall
MLBPAMajor League Baseball Players Association
LOOGYLeft-handed One Out Guy
HeelVillain
HopsJumping ability
Putting on a clinicPerforming exceptionally well
CannonAn impressive throwing arm
JuicingTaking performance-enhancing drugs
Got that dog in himDriven to succeed
DBDefensive back
1QFirst quarter
HOFHall of fame
tourneyTournament
HMPHalf marathon pace
OwnedDominated
WWFWorld Wrestling Federation
Three-peatWinning a championship three times in a row
BBBases on balls
CSCaught stealing
BombHome run
RPRelief pitcher
Ride the pineSit on the bench
CycleSingle, double, triple, and home run
CFCenter field
OFOutfield
LettuceThick, curly, beautiful hair
CFPCollege Football Playoff
TNFThursday Night Football
OROYOffensive Rookie of the Year
Cutting down the netsWon a basketball tournament
TuddyTouchdown
BracketologyPredicting who will win a tournament
E3Error made by the first baseman
E5Error made by the third baseman
E6Error made by the shortstop
E7Error made by the left fielder
E8Error made by the center fielder
E9Error made by the right fielder
Around the hornDouble play from third to second to first base
Double playTwo outs on the same play
Triple playThree outs on the same play
BrushbackPitch that almost hits the hitter
PickleBaserunner stranded between two bases
HotboxBaserunner stranded between two bases
HillPitcher's mound
CheeseGood fastball
WheelhouseHitter's power zone
On the buttonHard hit ball
WSWorld Series
LOBLeft on base
SFSacrifice Flies
GSGames started
GGames played
innInnings played
Charity stripeFree throw line
Brotherly shoveA play where the quarterback is shoved to gain yards
Bases loadedBaserunners on all three bases
HBHit batsmen
hldHold
IPInnings pitched
IRAInherited runs allowed
Hockey hairLong, flowing hair with flipped wings
Lift the silverwareWin a trophy
De-cleatedHit very hard
FiremanLate-inning relief pitcher
PunchoutStrikeout
CutterA breaking fastball
YakkerCurve ball
DeadlyExcellent
ShelledBeaten badly
ToggerSoccer
BruhFriend
OROlympic record
JuicedMuscular from steroids
Pin-seekerGolf shot hit straight at the flagstick
OBOut-of-bounds
Alec GuinnessOut-of-bounds
Walk-offA score that instantly wins a game
Own goalA counterproductive decision
RBBCRunning back by committee
Serpentine draftDraft where the last pick in one round is the first in the next
BustA player who does not perform well
Front nineFirst nine holes of an 18-hole golf course
GimmeEasy golf putt
Scratch golferA golfer with a handicap of zero
BABIPBatting average on balls in play
TunnelingThrowing different pitches with a similar trajectory to fool hitters
ydsYards
YPAYards per attempt
HandlesThe ability to handle a basketball
Oppo boppoOpposite field home run
FaceHero
cellyCelebration
OGOlympic grandma
PRPersonal record
Take the LTake the loss
chipChampionship
BrickA shot that squarely clangs off the rim or backboard
DimeAssist
FKTFastest known time
DowntownBeyond the 3-point line
JumperJump shot
oppoOpposite field
Trey3-point shot attempt
Triple-doubleAchieving double digits in three categories in a basketball game
RinsedDefeated
DSTDefense and Special Teams
RockA basketball
3QThird quarter
pl8Plate
Revenge arcQuest to get revenge
PEDPerformance enhancing drug
HGHHuman growth hormone
Circle buttonSpin move
USMNTUnited States Men's National Team
jJump shot
Tush pushA play where the quarterback is pushed to gain yards
HeaterFastball
Red zoneArea between the 20-yard line and the goal line
Hot cornerThird base
SouthpawLeft-handed pitcher
HomerHometown sports fan
JamTo pitch near a batter's hands
MNFMonday Night Football
PickAn interception
E1Error made by the pitcher
Alley oopA pass to a teammate who puts the ball in the basket
Blowing a raspberryMaking a jeering noise
Pick-sixAn interception returned for a touchdown
In the holeBatting third
Touch em allHome run
GIDPGround into double play
NPNumber of pitches
TPATotal plate appearances
GRSLGrand Slams
Table setterA player who gets on base so other hitters can hit him in
Frozen ropeLine drive baseball hit
IBBIntentional bases on balls
OFAOutfield assists
RFRange factor
PBPassed balls
AOFly outs
Golden SlamTennis Grand Slam and the Olympics gold medal
Super SlamTennis Grand Slam and Year-End Championship
4QFourth quarter
PAPlate appearances
He's himHe is impressive
PeaA ball traveling at a high speed
ParNumber of strokes to complete a golf course hole
BirdieOne stroke under par
Coast to coastThe entire length of a playing field
Nineteenth holeGolf clubhouse bar
ReloadTo take another shot after a bad shot
NukedHit a golf ball a great distance
Nip itHit a golf ball cleanly
Amelia EarhartGolf shot that looks good but you can't find
Back-door puttPutt that spins around a hole and drops in
Danny DeVitoFive foot putt
CGSOComplete game shutout
SquirrelTee shot into the rough
NutmegKicking the ball between an opponent's legs
Keeper leagueFantasy sports league where you keep your players
BreakoutA player who performs surprisingly well
Mock draftSimulated draft
Bare lieA golf ball laying directly on the ground
Tight lieA golf ball laying directly on the ground
Four-peatWinning a championship four times in a row
Double eagleThree strokes under par
ForeWatch out
Ready golfGolfers hit when ready
Go deepRun a route far downfield
Inward nineLast nine holes of an 18-hole golf course
ShoveTo pitch well
ffbFantasy football
RB2Second starting fantasy running back
QB2Second starting fantasy quarterback
WR2Second starting fantasy wide receiver
WR3Third starting fantasy wide receiver
FPGFantasy points per game
YACYards after catch
prkPosition rank
PAPoints against
iInterception
ThrowingLosing a winnable game on purpose
MossedCatching a football over another player
VARVideo assistant referee
ILInjured list
WOATWorst of all time
WorkA scripted event
Worked shootA scripted event that contains unscripted elements
Olympic grandmaAn old female Olympian
SmarkA fan who knows pro wrestling is scripted
TweenerA wrestler who is neither hero nor villain
BallinPlaying sports well
SteeStyle
Yard saleA bad crash
BricklayerA basketball player who is shooting a lot of bricks
Dropping dimesMaking difficult passes for assists in basketball
FMVPFinals Most Valuable Player
R2RRim-to-rim
AEWAll Elite Wrestling
SwishA made shot in basketball that hits only the net
SplashA made shot that only touches the basketball net
Making it rainHitting 3-point shots
FlopAn exaggerated fall
Air ballA missed shot that doesn't hit the rim or backboard
BucketA made basketball shot
Ice coldShooting poorly
Double-doubleAchieving double digits in two categories in a basketball game
predPredator
Clean sheetShutout
2QSecond quarter
CBCornerback
OTBOff the board
HoopsBasketball
EPOErythropoietin
NWONew World Order
FOMOHFear of missing out on hockey
RibbyRun batted in
CGComplete games
EREarned runs
Line driveHard hit baseball in the air
Texas LeaguerWeak fly ball hit to the outfield
OBPOn-base Percentage
DROYDefensive Rookie of the Year
PutoutOut
POPutouts
RopeLine drive baseball hit
sacSacrifice bunts
GOGround outs
bkBalks
Quail highVery low golf shot
Abominable snowmanGolf score of 9
BotoxPutt that lips out of the hole
Joe PesciA difficult five foot putt
ShankTo hit the ball poorly
Bogey golfLevel of golf play that equals 1 shot over par
ChunkA golf shot that makes a divot
Fat shotA golf shot that takes a chunk out of the ground
HandicapNumerical score that represents a golfer's ability
The turnHalfway point of a round of golf
Outward nineFirst nine holes of an 18-hole golf course
DoglegA golf hole with a fairway that bends
Dogleg leftA golf hole with a fairway that has a bend to the left
KKicker
Sham bombA breaking report by Shams Charania
ShootAn unscripted event

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