Etymology
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flanker (n.)

1550s, from flank (n.).

updated on November 20, 2014

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Definitions of flanker from WordNet

flanker (n.)
a back stationed wide of the scrimmage line; used as a pass receiver;
Synonyms: flanker back
flanker (n.)
a soldier who is a member of a detachment assigned to guard the flanks of a military formation;
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