airball

verb
air·​ball | \ ˈer-ˌbȯl How to pronounce airball (audio) \
variants: or air-ball
airballed or air-balled; airballing or air-balling; airballs or air-balls

Definition of airball

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive + intransitive

US, basketball
: to completely miss the 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
variants: or airball \ ˈer-​ˌbȯl How to pronounce air ball (audio) \
plural air balls or airballs

Definition of air ball (Entry 2 of 2)

US, basketball
: a shot that completely misses the rim and backboard

Examples of airball in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Hayward made one free throw and airballed the second, completing the 11-0 run. David Woods, Indianapolis Star, 25 Mar. 2020 This time Rebels guard Devontae Shuler airballed a 3 with 7.5 seconds left, and Quickley answered with two free throws for a 65-62 lead. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, 15 Feb. 2020 After Antetokounmpo split a pair of free throws -- airballing the first -- to put the Bucks up by nine with under 2 1/2 minutes left, Warriors guard Damion Lee drew a foul on a three-pointer and sank all three shots. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9 Jan. 2020 Giannis Antetokounmpo airballed a free throw and a three-pointer within minutes of each other down the stretch. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9 Jan. 2020 Walker airballed his final shot to tie the score with a 3 as Warren contested. J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, 11 Dec. 2019 The chants only got louder after Cumberland airballed another 3-pointer minutes later. J.l. Kirven, Cincinnati.com, 7 Dec. 2019 In the second half of Team Freeze's overtime win over Team Roots, Nunez airballed an open 3-pointer. J.l. Kirven, Detroit Free Press, 4 July 2019 Right before halftime, the Bucks superstar airballed a free throw and his team had been sloppy, committing 11 first-half turnovers. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Georgia Tech turned the ball over eight times in the first quarter — four in the first five possessions — and trailed 15-6 before clawing back within 17-15 when Cubaj snatched an air ball and flipped it backward for a layup at the buzzer. Jim Vertuno, ajc, 24 Mar. 2021 Georgia Tech turned the ball over eight times in the first quarter — four in the first five possessions — and trailed 15-6 before clawing back within 17-15 when Cubaj snatched an air ball and flipped it backward for a layup at the buzzer. Jim Vertuno, ajc, 24 Mar. 2021 Georgia Tech turned the ball over eight times in the first quarter — four in the first five possessions — and trailed 15-6 before clawing back within 17-15 when Cubaj snatched an air ball and flipped it backward for a layup at the buzzer. Jim Vertuno, ajc, 24 Mar. 2021 Georgia Tech turned the ball over eight times in the first quarter — four in the first five possessions — and trailed 15-6 before clawing back within 17-15 when Cubaj snatched an air ball and flipped it backward for a layup at the buzzer. Jim Vertuno, ajc, 24 Mar. 2021 Georgia Tech turned the ball over eight times in the first quarter — four in the first five possessions — and trailed 15-6 before clawing back within 17-15 when Cubaj snatched an air ball and flipped it backward for a layup at the buzzer. Jim Vertuno, ajc, 24 Mar. 2021 Franz Wagner, a sophomore guard, chucked up an air ball and Mike Smith, the transfer from Columbia, missed one, too. Jeff Seidel, Detroit Free Press, 31 Mar. 2021 Georgia Tech turned the ball over eight times in the first quarter — four in the first five possessions — and trailed 15-6 before clawing back within 17-15 when Cubaj snatched an air ball and flipped it backward for a layup at the buzzer. Jim Vertuno, ajc, 24 Mar. 2021 Georgia Tech turned the ball over eight times in the first quarter — four in the first five possessions — and trailed 15-6 before clawing back within 17-15 when Cubaj snatched an air ball and flipped it backward for a layup at the buzzer. Jim Vertuno, ajc, 24 Mar. 2021

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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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The first known use of airball was in 1967

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18 May 2021

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“Airball.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/airball. Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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air ball

noun

English Language Learners Definition of air ball

basketball : a shot that completely misses the basket

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