paint·​ball | \ ˈpānt-ˌbȯl How to pronounce paintball (audio) \

Definition of paintball

: 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 The boy’s father told WSVN that his son had been engaged in a paintball battle with several other kids before the Sunday evening shooting happened. Washington Post, 2 June 2021 Drive-by paintball attacks have surged across the U.S. in recent months. Brooke Baitinger,, 4 Nov. 2020 Members of the Proud Boys — a loosely organized, far-right group designated by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group — also used paintball guns during the fight, according to the Tribune. The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 19 June 2021 Paramedics on the scene spotted green paint all over him and told Morales he’d been shot with a paintball. Rosemary Sobol,, 30 Oct. 2020 Earlier that evening, he had been shot in the face by police with a pink paintball while standing behind a line of kneeling photographers. oregonlive, 30 Aug. 2020 The truck was also carrying paintball guns, shields, three bats and an ax handle, prosecutors said. Washington Post, 20 Mar. 2021 And while he was arrested again March 15 in Waukesha County for the paintball shooting of the Army reservists, he was released the next day. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 21 Mar. 2021 Duncan was also known during his playing career for his diverse hobbies, from gaming to paintball to martial arts. Mark Dunphy, San Antonio Express-News, 17 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of paintball

1987, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of paintball was in 1987

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22 Jul 2021

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“Paintball.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of paintball

: a game in which two teams use special guns to shoot balls filled with paint at each other


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