bowl·​ing | \ ˈbō-liŋ How to pronounce bowling (audio) \

Definition of bowling

: 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.
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First Known Use of bowling

1535, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bowling was in 1535

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17 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Bowling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of bowling

: a game played by rolling a large, heavy ball down a smooth floor (called a lane) towards a set of pins in order to knock down as many pins as possible


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Kids Definition of bowling

: a game in which large heavy balls are rolled so as to knock down pins

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