curve·​ball ˈkərv-ˌbȯl How to pronounce curveball (audio)
: a slow or moderately fast baseball pitch thrown with spin to make it swerve downward and usually to the left when thrown from the right hand or to the right when thrown from the left hand
curveball verb

Examples of curveball in a Sentence

The batter struck out on a curveball.
Recent Examples on the Web He’s got a fastball, he’s got a curveball, he’s got a slider, he’s got a changeup and a cutter. Kevin Flaherty, Kansas City Star, 2 June 2024 Prior to his exit, Snell had limited the Yankees to one run — the no-doubter from Soto — and struck out seven while keeping opposing batters off balance with a mid-90s fastball and a big breaking curveball. Evan Webeck, The Mercury News, 2 June 2024 The one in the strike zone that was an issue came three pitches later when Jose Ramirez hit a 3-2 curveball into the seats in right field for a 4-0 lead. Doug Padilla, Orange County Register, 26 May 2024 FedEx says a more efficient and intelligent network will be able to better handle curveballs like severe weather, by shifting volume within the various business units when storms hit. John Kell, Fortune, 22 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for curveball 

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Word History

First Known Use

1936, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of curveball was in 1936

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“Curveball.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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