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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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 My role as Forrest Gump began as a kid, going to John Wooden basketball camps for a couple of years, then becoming a ball boy just after Wooden left (UCLA). Al Saracevic, San Francisco Chronicle, "Warriors coach Kerr makes most of being in right place at right time," 13 May 2018 The rapper grew up in Missouri City and even was a Rockets ball boy as a teenager. Matt Young, Houston Chronicle, "Kylie Jenner, Travis Scott sit courtside at Rockets playoff game," 18 Apr. 2018 Bartow is returning to the school where his late father, Gene, coached for two seasons as the successor to John Wooden while Murry served as a ball boy at Pauley Pavilion. Ben Bolch,, "UCLA basketball coach Steve Alford disputes assistant David Grace's account of his dismissal," 16 Apr. 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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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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