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

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The owner of a gym and an overbearing entrepreneur form dodgeball teams to compete for $50,000 in Las Vegas. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week Sept. 15, 2019: ‘Alien,’ ‘Aliens’ and more," 13 Sep. 2019 Yes, developmentally speaking there is a big arc between 10 and 14, and the lunchtime dodgeball games did get a little out of hand. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Middle school is the new high school. Catch up, pop culture," 22 Aug. 2019 There are gravity-defying dodgeball sessions, basketball, nighttime blackout-glow sessions, and even special sessions for toddlers and youngsters alike to jump without getting toppled over by bigger kids (and okay, adults). Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Carnival Is Putting a Massive Trampoline Park on One of its Cruise Ships," 15 Aug. 2019 An epic battle is staged a bit like a game of dodgeball. Don Aucoin,, "On the Common, a whimsical ‘Cymbeline’," 25 July 2019 Sky Zone also offers skyrobics, an aerobic trampoline class, and dodgeball leagues. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Summer in Arizona: Locals share 100 fun ways to survive the 100-degree heat in Phoenix," 1 July 2019 And a former first lady breaks out her dodgeball skills. Alex Chaet, CNN, "Must-watch videos of the week," 21 June 2019 Compete in dodgeball and tug-of-war, as well as Campout originals like a costumed boat and .5K floatie races. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Jhene Aiko, Cut Chemist & More Announced for Dirtybird Campout West 2019 Lineup," 4 June 2019 Obama was a big influence before even getting to the dodgeball game, which was taped in Los Angeles. Bill Keveney, USA TODAY, "Corden's London trip: Dodgeball with Michelle Obama, thoughts on Trump's 'weird' royal visit," 17 June 2019

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First Known Use of dodgeball

1900, in the meaning defined above

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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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