soft·ball | \ˈsȯf(t)-ˌbȯl \

Definition of softball 

1 : a sport similiar to baseball played on a small diamond with a ball that is larger than a baseball and that is pitched underhand also : the ball used in this game

2 : a question requiring only an easy or simple response

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Other Words from softball

softballer \ˈsȯf(t)-ˌbȯ-lər \ noun

Examples of softball in a Sentence

Do you want to play softball? All the questions in the interview were softballs.

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Bickhaus, a 5-foot-5 guard, showed tremendous grit by finishing out the basketball season and then playing on the Buffalo Grove softball team. Bob Narang,, "Jacqueline Bickhaus preps for 'season to remember' at Buffalo Grove," 14 July 2018 At Carson-Newman, the proprietor of the Massey Ratings has been known to follow the Eagles’ softball team. Joan Niesen,, "The Computer Poll Uprising: Creators of the BCS's Most Controversial Component Look Back," 11 July 2018 After its first postseason defeat, the Burbank-Jewel City/Jewish War Veterans Major All-Stars softball team got back on track in a big way Tuesday night. Charles Rich,, "Burbank-Jewel City softball picks up pool-play tournament win," 11 July 2018 The season hadn’t even officially started, and John Folfas already had a pretty good idea that his McDonogh softball team was going to be a contender in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference. C.j. Doon,, "2018 All-Metro softball Coach of the Year: John Folfas, McDonogh," 7 July 2018 Texas Tech announced on Monday that former Keller standout Shelby Henderson is the newest member of the Red Raiders softball team. Brian Gosset, star-telegram, "Texas Tech softball signs former Keller star and 2016 state champ," 4 July 2018 Russell was too afraid to walk from the back of the bus, where the girls' JV softball team was sitting, to the front where all the coaches were. Kaila White, azcentral, "Scandal on school bus sparks fury at Verrado High in Buckeye," 3 July 2018 These efforts dovetail with commissioner Rob Manfred’s mission to reinvigorate the popularity of youth baseball through the Play Ball campaign, which supports youth baseball and softball teams. Janelle Nanos,, "The crowd goes wild: After years of traditional fan gear, MLB is letting its freak flag fly," 29 June 2018 Two North Carolina girls’ softball teams are now banned from future tournaments after their parents and fans were caught brawling over apparently questionable calls made by an umpire. Greg Norman, Fox News, "North Carolina girls' softball teams banned from events after parents caught brawling at tournament," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of softball

1867, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of softball was in 1867

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English Language Learners Definition of softball

: a sport that is similar to baseball but that is played on a smaller field and with a ball that is pitched underhand and that is larger and softer than a baseball

: the ball that is used in softball

: a question that is very easy to answer


soft·ball | \ˈsȯft-ˌbȯl \

Kids Definition of softball

1 : a game like baseball played with a larger ball thrown underhand

2 : the ball used in softball

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to reject or criticize sharply

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