dodge·​ball | \ ˈdäj-ˌbȯl How to pronounce dodgeball (audio) \

Definition of dodgeball

: a game in which players stand in a circle and try to hit opponents within the circle with a large inflated ball

Examples of dodgeball in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If going to war is like a game of dodgeball, Heinz Bachman, Jesse Vidales and Edward Zawora are now among the last players on the court. Sig Christenson, San Antonio Express-News, 9 Nov. 2021 As the years passed, boxing was eliminated, .22 rifles were replaced by BB guns, the horses moved to Raintree Ranch, rock-climbing gave way to an artificial climbing tower and dodgeball was replaced with a kindler, gentler game known as gaga ball. San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Sep. 2021 And it’s not just for golf lovers: there are also options to test pitching skills for baseball, a quarterback challenge, hockey, dodgeball, and other games., 30 Aug. 2021 Knockout City, a three-on-three arena-dodgeball game, is a distinct outlier in the catalogue. Luke Winkie, Vulture, 30 June 2021 At that point, the interviewee looks defenseless, like the pimply, husky nerd in thick glasses forced to play dodgeball in the school gym and take it, repeatedly, in the head. Washington Post, 24 June 2021 The world’s best cybernetic dodgeball player would be a fantastic entry to the canon. Luke Winkie, Vulture, 30 June 2021 Cornell physicist David Muller, whose team conducted the recent study, likens the technique to playing dodgeball against opponents who are standing in the dark. Anna Blaustein, Scientific American, 28 June 2021 The game’s premise is simple: strike your opponent with a dodgeball two times to knock them out. Washington Post, 21 May 2021

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First Known Use of dodgeball

1900, in the meaning defined above

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13 Nov 2021

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“Dodgeball.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of dodgeball

: a game in which players try to hit their opponents with an inflated ball in order to get them removed from the game

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Kids Definition of dodge ball

: a game in which players try to knock other players out of the game by hitting them with a ball

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