kick·​ball ˈkik-ˌbȯl How to pronounce kickball (audio)
: a game for children that resembles baseball but that is played with an inflated ball which is kicked instead of being hit with a bat

Examples of kickball in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web From egg hunting to kickball to hanging out with cousins, the athlete's older two kids with husband Andrew East — Jett James, 2½, and Drew Hazel, 4½ — could be seen having a great time during the family festivities. Jordan Greene, Peoplemag, 1 Apr. 2024 The park department will fill the void at Hippie Hill with a volleyball and kickball tournament. Andrew J. Campa, Los Angeles Times, 28 Mar. 2024 The visual was a more advanced version of kickball seen on local schoolyards during recess. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Mar. 2024 Kids participate in sports like basketball, soccer, flag football, whiffle ball, kickball, dodgeball and other physical activities. Caroline Beck, The Indianapolis Star, 1 Mar. 2024 There is also the option to consider a surprise gift like ping pong paddles, a badminton set, or a new kickball so that the whole family can participate in a spontaneous family game. Rebecca Jones, Southern Living, 19 Feb. 2024 Throughout the 1940s and ‘50s, Marin grew up there, where children from across the neighborhood would come together to play kickball, fly kites and share meals. The Arizona Republic, 28 Jan. 2024 Of course, if anyone wants to have a pickup game, whether basketball, ping-pong, billiards, dodgeball, kickball or handball, Salazar will be the first to volunteer. Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times, 22 Oct. 2023 Playing kickball In 2016, SDSU blew a nine-point lead with just over a minute to go against Boise State at Viejas Arena and lost. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 31 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1922, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of kickball was in 1922

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“Kickball.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a game resembling baseball played with a large rubber ball that is kicked instead of batted
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