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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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.
Recent Examples on the Web Fourteen of the Club’s first 25 games are against the Tigers, Royals and Pirates, who could finish at the bottom of a slo-pitch softball tournament. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, "Doc's Morning Line: MLB testing can't just be pretty good if there's going to be a season," 7 July 2020 Last year, Brazel proposed to her then-girlfriend, Samantha Spaeth, on the Lutheran softball field. Arika Herron, The Indianapolis Star, "What we know about Lutheran High School trainer who says she was fired for being gay," 6 July 2020 Jimmy Kolaitis has been named assistant coach for the Arizona State softball program. Michelle Gardner, The Arizona Republic, "Jimmy Kolaitis named assistant softball coach at ASU," 1 July 2020 The team members came from the sports of baseball, basketball, soccer, softball, volleyball and track and field. Sam Boyer, cleveland, "Collegians excel in athletics, scholastics," 10 July 2020 The proposal suggests making baseball, softball, tennis, golf and track and field the first sports to start, with all beginning practices on Aug. 3. Greg Riddle, Dallas News, "See details — including potential start and end dates for each sport — of proposal to flip-flop fall and spring sports," 29 June 2020 Playing baseball or softball is a different animal from football, the sport that has the most contact and often drives the most revenue. Ethan Sears, The Indianapolis Star, "How states around the country are planning a return for high school sports," 11 June 2020 In baseball and softball, the outfielders are spread out and would come near each other only on a fly ball. oregonlive, "Sports are starting to return, but how much coronavirus risk is involved in playing? A sport-by-sport look," 10 June 2020 There are three coaches in women's soccer, softball, volleyball, women's tennis and wrestling; two in gymnastics and one in baseball, beach volleyball, men’s soccer, fencing, men’s tennis and swimming and diving. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, "As conversations about racial inequality grow, Black head coaches continue to be overlooked," 30 June 2020

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First Known Use of softball

1867, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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26 Jul 2020

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“Softball.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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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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