dodgeball

noun

dodge·​ball ˈdäj-ˌbȯl How to pronounce dodgeball (audio)
: 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 An epic dodgeball battle ensues, and, unfortunately, Mr. Hall is out. Sara C. Hahn, The New Yorker, 19 Mar. 2024 Among the attractions are a Ninja running course, dodgeball, a zipline, a competitive playground, a trampoline basketball dunk area, as well as activities for smaller children and toddlers. George Avalos, The Mercury News, 7 Mar. 2024 Kids participate in sports like basketball, soccer, flag football, whiffle ball, kickball, dodgeball and other physical activities. Caroline Beck, The Indianapolis Star, 1 Mar. 2024 Sometimes this work can feel like a never-ending game of dodgeball. Teresa Hopke, Forbes, 29 Feb. 2024 Result: Both offenses prevailed over the defenses in dodgeball. Jim Reineking, USA TODAY, 2 Feb. 2024 Thankfully, Throw Throw Burrito is an indoor variation of the classic dodgeball game—minus the actual discomfort of getting hit with a dodgeball. Dorian Smith-Garcia, Parents, 29 Oct. 2023 Of course, if anyone wants to have a pickup game, whether basketball, ping-pong, billiards, dodgeball, kickball or handball, Salazar will be the first to volunteer. Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times, 22 Oct. 2023 Tom showcased one particularly intense game of family dodgeball on his Instagram in 2018. Lynsey Eidell, Peoplemag, 19 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1900, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of dodgeball was in 1900

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“Dodgeball.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dodgeball. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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dodgeball

noun
dodge·​ball ˈdäj-ˌbȯl How to pronounce dodgeball (audio)
: a game in which players stand in a circle and try to hit other players within the circle with a large inflated ball

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