paint·​ball ˈpānt-ˌbȯl How to pronounce paintball (audio)
: a game in which two teams try to capture each other's flag while defending their own using compressed-air guns that shoot paint-filled pellets

Examples of paintball in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Armed with shiny chrome paintball guns and iPhones that double as high-tech binoculars, these resourceful kids hold their own. Peter Debruge, Variety, 25 Mar. 2024 The rise in break-ins has brought growing concern for public safety, so Stimpson’s patrol team occasionally uses paintball guns as a deterrent. Louis Sahagún, Los Angeles Times, 18 Mar. 2024 The gear: face masks, plastic weapons and paintball guns. Loveday Morris, Washington Post, 5 Mar. 2024 An instructor handed out paintball guns and first aid kits and began battlefield simulations. Claire Harbage, NPR, 24 Feb. 2024 On and off the property, there's plenty to do, including golf, paintball, fishing, and more. Jill Krasny, Travel + Leisure, 10 Dec. 2023 Hotel rooms would be rented, then never paid for; a paintball company was forced to harass Sycamore’s social team over a credit card scam. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 23 Aug. 2023 Vinny’s Clam Bar is open seven days a week at 4 p.m. Pro paintball returning to Southland for Windy City Major The fourth United States pro paintball event in the NXL season is returning to Gaelic Park in Oak Forest for the 2023 Windy City Major on Sept. 15-17. Bob Bong, Chicago Tribune, 22 Aug. 2023 The little chicken nugget is doing backflips through the air and shooting Mandalorian preteens with paintball darts. Paul Tassi, Forbes, 22 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1987, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of paintball was in 1987

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“Paintball.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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