ball boy


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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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,, "Kevin Durant and the Dagger That Foreshadowed the Broom," 12 June 2018 The ball boy then appeared to give him a thumbs-up. Charlotte Carroll,, "Damir Dzumhur Accidentally Collides With Ball Kid During French Open Match," 1 June 2018 The ball boy left his post and ran to catch the fly ball, but didn’t notice that Dzumhur was also tracking it. Nick Schwartz, For The Win, "French Open ball boy crashes into player while tracking a fly ball," 1 June 2018 Warm-ups will further be reduced from five to four minutes and players will need to use a towel rack at the back of the court, removing the need for ball boys and girls to handle towels. CNN, "Shorter sets and shot clocks -- ATP continues rule change experiment," 16 May 2018

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First Known Use of ball boy

1903, in the meaning defined above

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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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