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 Videos showed Trump supporters in body armor smashing up vehicles with baseball bats and shooting semi-automatic paintball guns on busy streets. Luke Mogelson, The New Yorker, 10 Sep. 2022 Plays when Devi, Paxton, Haley, and the others start playing paintball. Leah Campano, Seventeen, 15 Aug. 2022 Members of the group took his words to heart, training by playing paintball in the woods of Virginia. Rachel Weiner, Washington Post, 1 Sep. 2020 The gun later was discovered to be a plastic paintball gun. Daniel Kool,, 12 Aug. 2022 Skirmishes broke out, with people in the caravan firing paintball weapons at people in the street. Gene Johnson And Gillian Flaccus, The Christian Science Monitor, 4 Sep. 2020 The weekend warriors in their Army surplus battle rattle, their paintball weapons and gun show specials are getting lots of love from this clown show’s commander in chief. Washington Post, 31 Aug. 2020 In addition to their interactions with several colorful adults around the reservation, the Dogs also are battling a rival group — known as the NDN Mafia— who gunned them down in a paintball drive-by shooting. Los Angeles Times, 3 Aug. 2022 Its caves also house auto suppliers, data servers, food distributors, a pharmaceutical company and even a paintball and laser tag course. Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN, 12 June 2022 See More

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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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Last Updated

20 Sep 2022

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“Paintball.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2022.

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