pad·​dle·​ball ˈpa-dᵊl-ˌbȯl How to pronounce paddleball (audio)
: a game like handball played by hitting the ball with a paddle
also : the ball used in this game

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Of course, everyone sported the colorful new collection; one clever partygoer even used one of the paddleball racquets, festooned with prints from the collection, set up in the lawn-games station, as a Louboutin fan. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, 18 July 2022 Although quite hefty, the HOA dues get you plenty of amenities, including six tennis courts, two paddleball courts, three pools, two on-site restaurants and room service. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, 14 July 2022 Pickleball is a paddleball sport that combines elements of badminton, table tennis and tennis. Anna Caplan, Dallas News, 30 Sep. 2021 The athletic girl took up paddleball on her street, which was regularly shut down for play by the Police Athletic League, and became a champion at age 12. Alicia Ault, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 June 2021 Even on slow days, the Van Cortlandt Park handball courts are bustling with handball, paddleball and racquetball players from around the tristate area. New York Times, 1 June 2021 Set up your beach camp with Business and Pleasure Co.’s block print beach chair for the elders and paddleball for the more energetic of the bunch. Chloe Malle, Vogue, 23 Apr. 2021 On a muggy July day in 2018, Melinda Richards zipped around Pine Tree’s pools, paddleball courts and 150 trailer and cabin lots in drizzling rain. Washington Post, 1 Mar. 2020 Finally Finds a Photo of Their First Hours Together Shortly after the festival, his girlfriend’s father, who lived locally, bought the plywood panels that had been the main stage, and used them to renovate and build a paddleball court. Rachel Desantis,, 15 Aug. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1930, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of paddleball was in 1930

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Cite this Entry

“Paddleball.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2022.

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