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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This time, 10 lucky guys — Christon, Garrett, Ryan, Wills, Alex, Leo, Colton, Rickey, Trent and John — were challenged to show off their athletic skills while playing in a dodgeball tournament. Mallorie Sullivan,, "'The Bachelorette' recap episode 2: Becca second-guesses Colton after shocking confession," 4 June 2018 The sport, a cross between soccer and dodgeball, was developed in 1946 as a way to keep blinded World War II veterans physically active. Jen Murphy, WSJ, "USC’s Blind Football Player Proves Gym Time Leads to Game Time," 8 Sep. 2018 Patrick Cushing, left, and Amanda Halse Photo: Karina Halse/Associated Press Victim Patrick Cushing, 31, was described by his family as an athlete who played dodgeball in tournaments in England and in Madison Square Garden in Manhattan. Zolan Kanno-youngs, WSJ, "Young Lives Are Cut Short in New York Limo Crash," 8 Oct. 2018 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

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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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