ball boy

noun

Definition of ball boy

: a male attendant who retrieves balls for players or officials (as in a tennis match or a baseball or basketball game)

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That was the case during Sunday's Royals-Indians game at Progressive Field when Cleveland's Rajai Davis crushed a ball down the right-field line, and the ball boy had little time to react. Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "Ball boy at Royals-Indians game showed amazing agility to avoid line drive | The Kansas City Star," 14 May 2018 Tennis pro Fernando Verdasco, who was once ranked among the world's top 10 male players, is being condemned for his harsh treatment of a ball boy who failed to bring him a towel fast enough during last month’s Shenzhen Open in China. Fox News, "Tennis pro shamed after video shows him mistreating ball boy," 10 Oct. 2018 The ball boys and girls whip balls with a knee-bending, underarm motion, like bowlers or players of Skee-Ball. John Branch, New York Times, "At the U.S. Open, Ball Boys and Girls Now Must Roll, Not Throw," 21 June 2018 Image Ball girls, ball boys, ball men and ball women at the United States Open will have a very different job, starting with this summer’s tournament. John Branch, New York Times, "At the U.S. Open, Ball Boys and Girls Now Must Roll, Not Throw," 21 June 2018 Before the match, the Duchesses will meet with former Wimbledon women champions and ball boys and girls, royal commentator Omid Scobie points out. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton Are Going to Wimbledon Together and We're So Excited," 12 July 2018 The job of a ball boy or girl at a Major League Baseball game is to field balls hit down the left- or right-field line. Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "Ball boy at Royals-Indians game showed amazing agility to avoid line drive | The Kansas City Star," 14 May 2018 Bennett started as a ball boy on Richmond’s staff and quickly moved up to assistant and statistician before graduating in 1974. George Stoia, Detroit Free Press, "Late Detroit Mackenzie coach Elbert Richmond lived life to fullest," 12 July 2018 Klay Thompson gave a champagne shower to the ball boys. Lee Jenkins, SI.com, "Kevin Durant and the Dagger That Foreshadowed the Broom," 12 June 2018

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1903, in the meaning defined above

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ball boy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of ball boy

: a boy who picks up balls that go out of play during a game in tennis, baseball, etc.

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