foos·​ball ˈfüz-ˌbȯl How to pronounce foosball (audio)
often capitalized
: a table game resembling soccer in which the ball is moved by manipulating rods to which small figures of players are attached

called also table soccer

Examples of foosball in a Sentence

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Word History


probably modification of German Tischfussball, from Tisch table + Fussball soccer, from Fuss foot + Ball ball

First Known Use

1966, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of foosball was in 1966

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“Foosball.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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