dodge·ball | \ˈdäj-ˌbȯl \

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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But Taylor knows the five D's of dodgeball and was able to duck and continue on with the show. Thomas Novelly, The Courier-Journal, "Swifties, statues and WWE: What you missed in Louisville this weekend," 2 July 2018 The guys were then split up into teams — the Green Frogs and the Pink Flamingbros — and played dodgeball in front of a live audience. Mallorie Sullivan,, "'The Bachelorette' recap episode 2: Becca second-guesses Colton after shocking confession," 4 June 2018 There will be kids’ activities, including pony rides, face painting as well as a video-game arcade, water tag and gaga dodgeball. Rosemarie Dowell,, "Lake County eager to celebrate Fourth of July with fun, food, fireworks," 28 June 2018 OrthoNow was the tournament’s title sponsor, but each contest — such as the relays, tug of war and dodgeball — had its own sponsor, and participating companies contributed to the fundraiser by buying prime tailgating spaces. Alia Malik, San Antonio Express-News, "Corporate Cup raises money for youth fitness programs," 2 June 2018 Better hope all those years of middle-school dodgeball come in handy. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, "Which summer TV game show is right for you?," 9 July 2018 Those at Ad Astra still find time for a quick game of dodgeball at lunch, however, because the average age within this group is just 10 years old. Mark Harris, Ars Technica, "First space, then auto—now Elon Musk quietly tinkers with education," 25 June 2018 Even dodgeball matchups are done with age and size in mind. Jane Ford-stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Five things to know before you fly at the new Sky Zone trampoline park in Greenfield," 26 June 2018 Help your favorite Avon student (grades PreK-5) win a pool and dodgeball party at the French Creek YMCA by adding his/her teacher's name to your registration form. Julie A. Short/special To,, "Avon hosts Story Time in the Woods event, new trail opens: Short Takes on Avon, Avon Lake and North Ridgeville," 8 Apr. 2018

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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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