airball

verb
air·​ball | \ˈer-ˌbȯl \
variants: or air-ball

Definition of airball 

(Entry 1 of 2)

US, basketball

: to completely miss the basket, rim, and backboard with a shot : to shoot an air ball Fesenko … badly airballed a free throw in the first quarter.— Ross Siler

air ball

noun

Definition of air ball (Entry 2 of 2)

US, basketball

: a shot that completely misses the basket, rim, and backboard

Examples of airball in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Hill airballed a six-footer in the lane and threw an alley-oop pass to James on a 2-on-1 fast break that stayed in the arena, but that was the best that could be said for it. Bill Livingston, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Cavaliers look bad dropping opener to Indiana Pacers: Bill Livingston," 15 Apr. 2018 There was no way Nike was letting Antetokounmpo walk out the door after airballing the Stephen Curry situation. Jarrel Harris, SI.com, "The Sneaker Mailbox: How Much Influence Does Drake Really Have?," 2 Apr. 2018 On the Hawks’ subsequent possession, however, former Magic center Dewayne Dedmon airballed a potential game-tying 3-pointer. Josh Robbins, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Augustin, Fournier provide boosts as Magic beat Hawks 100-98," 9 Feb. 2018 Jon Axel Gudmundsson had already racked up six points in the final minute, but airballed a three. Max Meyer, SI.com, "The Five Most Insane Gambling Moments From the First Weekend of the NCAA Tournament," 18 Mar. 2018 Griffin airballed his attempt to retake the lead, but rather than call a timeout, Harden tried to beat the Pistons down the floor, took the ball to the basket and went at Drummond. Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle, "Rockets overcome sloppy shooting to beat Pistons in overtime," 22 Mar. 2018 Down by 3 with seven seconds left, the Musketeers got an open look for Kerem Kanter, a 6-foot-10 center, who attempted a 3-pointer from the top of the key and airballed. Zach Schonbrun, New York Times, "N.C.A.A. Men’s Tournament: No. 1 Xavier Falls in Night of Upsets," 18 Mar. 2018 Bol's next try airballed, with Bol leaning his head immediately like a golfer who knows his tee shot is headed for trouble. Paul Coro, latimes.com, "Remembering Manute Bol and the favorite of many tall tales about him," 10 Mar. 2018 Detroit Mercy's response was a last-second heave that airballed short. Charlie Hatch, Cincinnati.com, "Lavone Holland II's late shot beats Detroit Mercy, pushes NKU to 4-0 in Horizon League," 7 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Carr air balled a 3-pointer from the right wing, but Jamari Wheeler grabbed the offensive rebound and kicked it out to Garner, who nailed a corner 3. USA TODAY, "Garner, Carr help Penn State beat Illinois 74-52," 11 Feb. 2018 To Jay Bilas, the Commission on College Basketball headed by Condoleezza Rice didn’t shoot an air ball. Blair Kerkhoff, kansascity, "Jay Bilas in KC: Rice Commission 'didn't do anything' | The Kansas City Star," 16 May 2018 Rozier hit a trio of three-pointers in the first quarter but took a heat-check attempt from distance that air balled with fewer than 30 seconds left in the quarter, and the Bucks were able to get back within 2 points at the first break, 24-22. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Seven moments to remember from the final game at the BMO Harris Bradley Center," 29 Apr. 2018 Kerem Kanter shot an air ball from beyond the arc at the top of the key with 7 seconds to go for Xavier, and CJ Walker added a pair of free throws with 6.4 seconds remaining. BostonGlobe.com, "Nevada rallies to beat Cincinnati," 19 Mar. 2018 During the team's prolonged scrimmage, Barrett missed jumper after jumper -- including two air balls -- and got frustrated with himself at times. Special To The Oregonian, OregonLive.com, "R.J. Barrett: Nation's top player shakes off rust, prepares to put on a show at Nike Hoop Summit," 11 Apr. 2018 Kerem Kanter shot an air ball from beyond the arc at the top of the key with 7 seconds to go for Xavier, and CJ Walker added a pair of free throws with 6.4 seconds remaining. BostonGlobe.com, "Nevada rallies to beat Cincinnati," 19 Mar. 2018 Kerem Kanter shot an air ball from beyond the arc at the top of the key with 7 seconds to go for Xavier, and CJ Walker added a pair of free throws with 6.4 seconds remaining. BostonGlobe.com, "Nevada rallies to beat Cincinnati," 19 Mar. 2018 Kerem Kanter shot an air ball from beyond the arc at the top of the key with 7 seconds to go for Xavier, and CJ Walker added a pair of free throws with 6.4 seconds remaining. BostonGlobe.com, "Nevada rallies to beat Cincinnati," 19 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of airball

Verb

1975, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1967, in the meaning defined above

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air ball

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English Language Learners Definition of air ball

basketball : a shot that completely misses the basket

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