handball

noun
hand·​ball | \ˈhan(d)-ˌbȯl \

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

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The event was held on Pier 2, in a grand tent perched behind the basketball and handball courts. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Rose Byrne, Marcus Wainwright, and More Celebrate Brooklyn Bridge Park," 5 Oct. 2018 But South Sudan's government already struggles to support existing teams including ones for soccer, basketball and handball, said Josseline Samson Apaya, acting director general for sports in the ministry of sports, culture and youth. Sam Mednick, Fox News, "War-torn South Sudan launches youth rugby league for peace," 28 Sep. 2018 The 38th-minute penalty was set up after Denmark forward Yussuf Poulsen was called for a handball following a video review. BostonGlobe.com, "Australia gets crucial draw with Denmark," 21 June 2018 Roma's pressure did bring a win on the night as Nainggolan smashed in a late drive and then a penalty after a baffling handball decision against Klavan. Jonathan Wilson, SI.com, "Liverpool Stumbles at Roma But Finishes Job to Reach Champions League Final," 2 May 2018 Portugal had chances in the second half, including a frantic final few minutes of stoppage time with claims of a possible handball in the penalty area from a late corner kick. Tim Booth, chicagotribune.com, "Edinson Cavani scores twice as Uruguay ousts Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal," 30 June 2018 Portugal had chances in the second half, including a frantic final few minutes of stoppage time with claims of a possible handball in the penalty area from a late corner kick. Tim Booth, BostonGlobe.com, "Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal ousted by Uruguay," 30 June 2018 That chance came only minutes after Mexico dodged a penalty kick being awarded to Sweden when a video assistant referee review ruled Javier Hernandez had not committed a handball. Kyle Hightower, chicagotribune.com, "Sweden rout Mexico, both advance to Round of 16," 27 June 2018 The game is a sort of simplified version of football, and is purely an Anglo-Saxon sport, like curling or handball. John Kelly, Washington Post, "We may be champions now, but ice hockey got off to a rough start in Washington," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of handball

1704, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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handball

noun

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

handball

noun
hand·​ball | \ˈhand-ˌbȯl \

Kids Definition of handball

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

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