ball girl


Definition of ball girl

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

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As a teenager in high school, Ms. Cabán worked odd jobs — a ball girl at the United States Open in Flushing Meadows, a waitress at an event hall — to help with the family’s bills. New York Times, "Tiffany Cabán Was the Next Progressive Hope. Now What?," 13 Aug. 2019 When the ball went out for a U.S. throw-in, Rapinoe motioned for the ball girl to give her the ball for a quick restart. Kevin Baxter,, "Women’s World Cup recap: U.S. beats France 2-1 on two Megan Rapinoe goals," 28 June 2019 Or accidentally hitting a ball girl with one serve, causing her to cry and leave the court, as also happened at the All England Club. Howard Fendrich, The Seattle Times, "Kyrgios tells it like it is after 42-ace Wimbledon victory," 3 July 2018 Through the years, D'Amico went from ball girl to committee head of Stadium Control, according to Tennis Canada. Nicole Chavez, CNN, "Toronto van attack suspect's Facebook post linked to anti-women ideology," 25 Apr. 2018 At one point, a ball girl stood in for Sock and traded shots with Federer. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, "Roger Federer brings star power to SAP Center for fundraiser," 6 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of ball girl

1921, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of ball girl

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

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