hand·​ball | \ ˈhan(d)-ˌbȯl How to pronounce handball (audio) \

Definition of handball

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 But the BB&T Center in Sunrise, usually home to the Florida Panthers hockey team, can host gymnastics, volleyball, handball, weightlifting or wrestling, among other sports. Sylvia Gurinsky, sun-sentinel.com, 25 Aug. 2021 As a talented athlete herself, Olof has represented Iceland at international level in soccer and handball. Terry Baddoo, USA TODAY, 29 Oct. 2021 Tori Penso awarded the visitors a penalty kick due to a controversial handball call. Portland Timbers And Thorns Fc, oregonlive, 15 Oct. 2021 This was a lady who used to take all the children on the block outside to roller-skate and play handball. Smithsonian Magazine, 20 Aug. 2021 So far, German gymnasts, inspired by the Norwegian beach handball players, have led the way at these Games by scrapping their traditional — and far more revealing — uniforms in favor of more modest, and some say more comfortable, performance gear. NBC News, 29 July 2021 At the European Championships in beach handball, the game attire has landed in the spotlight with specific rules for how the women should be dressed, according to the sport’s regulations. Fox News, 19 July 2021 The two of them got into handball and would spend entire days wandering around looking for empty courts to play in. New York Times, 4 Oct. 2021 The Trojans were awarded the PK on a handball call after Ryan O’Dell’s free kick from just outside the penalty box struck Lake Central’s wall. Michael Osipoff, chicagotribune.com, 23 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of handball

1704, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Handball.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handball. Accessed 2 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of handball

: a game for two or four players who use their hands to hit a ball against a wall
: the ball used in handball


hand·​ball | \ ˈhand-ˌbȯl How to pronounce handball (audio) \

Kids Definition of handball

: a game played by hitting a small ball against a wall or board with the hand

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