soft·​ball | \ ˈsȯf(t)-ˌbȯl How to pronounce softball (audio) \

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 How to pronounce softballer (audio) \ 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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The soccer field and the softball field will be fenced off and closed until the spring of 2019 to allow the grass to become established. John Laidler,, "Ribbon cutting for Somerville’s Lincoln Park renovation," 10 July 2018 Another $20,000 will be spent putting bleachers at the softball field on a concrete base and $20,000 will be spent on a robotics room and makers space, according to Fuhrer. Steve Sadin,, "Smoothie and coffee bar, upgraded HVAC system will greet Deerfield H.S. students this fall," 9 July 2018 His greatest sales pitch, however, might have come on the softball field back in early April. Tony Baranek, Daily Southtown, "Jay knows the way: Providence's Jay Biesterfeld is the 2018 Daily Southtown Softball Coach of the Year," 15 June 2018 The same work, for $551,000, was spent on the varsity softball field in 2017. Suzanne Baker, Naperville Sun, "Dad demands equal spending on baseball and softball at Naperville Central: 'Title IX was enacted in 1972'," 9 June 2018 Under a plan submitted to the Metro Planning Commission, Simmons would turn the intersection of Garland Avenue and 15th Street into a dead-end to allow construction of a football field and a softball field west of the intersection. Phillip M. Bailey, The Courier-Journal, "Simmons College wants to grow but the West End doesn't trust its leader," 24 May 2018 The Horicon sophomore threw the 12th no-hitter in state softball history to lead the Marshmen to a 10-0, five-inning victory over Stevens Point Pacelli. Curt Hogg, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Horicon sophomore tosses no-hitter in Division 4 softball semifinal," 8 June 2018 According to his mother, Johnson was on the softball team at his school and played basketball in a summer league. Carolyn Salazar, Fox News, "Chicago teen who was anti-violence activist gunned down while playing basketball," 7 Sep. 2018 The arguably worst moment of my campaign was the annual Republican versus Democrat softball game in Wilton, Connecticut. Iman Hariri-kia, Teen Vogue, "Meet Will Haskell, the 22-Year-Old Who Beat a Republican Who Had Been in Office as Long as He’s Been Alive," 14 Nov. 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
US : a question that is very easy to answer


soft·​ball | \ ˈsȯft-ˌbȯl How to pronounce softball (audio) \

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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