handball

noun

hand·​ball ˈhan(d)-ˌbȯl How to pronounce handball (audio)
1
: a game played in a walled court or against a single wall or board by two or four players who use their hands to strike the ball
2
: a small rubber ball used in handball

Examples of handball in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Andersen’s misery was compounded when VAR penalized him for a handball in his own box, with Havertz tucking away the resulting penalty to give Germany the lead in the 53rd minute. Sam Joseph, CNN, 29 June 2024 Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku had three goals ruled out in his opening two games – two for offside and one for a handball from teammate Loïs Openda in the build up, which was detected by the ball’s sensor. James Robson, The Christian Science Monitor, 28 June 2024 Mexico had a chance to tie the score in the final minutes of regulation when Venezuelan defender Miguel Navarro was called for a handball. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 27 June 2024 Several events will take place the following day, including women's soccer, handball and archery. Olivia Munson, USA TODAY, 24 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for handball 

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Word History

First Known Use

1704, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of handball was in 1704

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“Handball.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handball. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

handball

noun
hand·​ball -ˌbȯl How to pronounce handball (audio)
1
: a game played in a walled court or against a single wall or board by two or four players who use their hands to strike a ball
2
: the ball used in handball

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