bowl·​ing ˈbō-liŋ How to pronounce bowling (audio)
: any of several games in which balls are rolled on a green or down an alley at an object or group of objects

Examples of bowling in a Sentence

She watches bowling on TV.
Recent Examples on the Web Eyewitnesses told the Portland Press Herald that Bob stood between the shooter and the children in his bowling league. Jeong Park, Los Angeles Times, 28 Oct. 2023 Between the sounds of striking pins and returning bowling balls, patrons at Just-in-Time Recreation, a bowling alley in Lewiston, Maine, had a tough time recognizing gunshots over the din Wednesday night. Kory Grow, Rolling Stone, 27 Oct. 2023 Rob told the outlet that the father and son were in a bowling league together. Greg Hanlon, Peoplemag, 27 Oct. 2023 Parents and children were there for a children’s bowling league. Michael Levenson, New York Times, 27 Oct. 2023 Violette was teaching at a youth bowling league inside Sparetime Recreation, a friend said, when the gunfire erupted. Brian Dakss, Jordan Freiman, CBS News, 27 Oct. 2023 The victims included a 14-year-old boy and his father out for a night of bowling; four people from the area’s deaf community who had gathered at the bar to play cornhole; a married couple in their 70s; and two men who witnesses said confronted the shooter at the start of the rampage. Tom Bell, Washington Post, 28 Oct. 2023 The manager of the youth bowling league vowed that the league would survive despite the devastating grief members were feeling. David Sharp, Patrick Whittle, Holly Ramer and Michelle R. Smith The Associated Press, Arkansas Online, 28 Oct. 2023 The victims of the shootings include Bob Violette, a retiree who was coaching a youth bowling league and was described as devoted, approachable, and kind. Jake Blieberg, Patrick Whittle, Holly Ramer, and David Sharp, The Christian Science Monitor, 28 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1535, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bowling was in 1535

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Cite this Entry

“Bowling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition


bowl·​ing ˈbō-liŋ How to pronounce bowling (audio)
: a game played by rolling balls so as to knock down pins set up at the far end of an alley

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