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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More than 1,200 three-person teams are entered across nine divisions in the softball tournament renowned for its raunchy team names. Don Norcross,, "San Diego couple puts it all on the line for Over-The-Line," 13 July 2018 Sussex Lions Days: Carnival, softball tournament, tractor pull, 6 p.m.-midnight July 13; noon-midnight July 14; noon-8 p.m. July 15. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "What's going on in Milwaukee this week: July 13-19," 12 July 2018 McDonald, who's committed to Texas Woman's, helped the Yellowjackets to their first UIL state softball tournament last month. Brian Gosset, star-telegram, "Two Fort Worth-area softball stars named MaxPreps Underclassmen All-Americans," 12 July 2018 Over the weekend, Poling's team, Beast Mode, organized a benefit softball tournament in her memory, the Carroll County Times reported. Michael Kunzelman, Fox News, "Capital staffer remembered as 'smart, beautiful, talented'," 10 July 2018 Over the weekend, Poling’s team, Beast Mode, organized a benefit softball tournament in her memory, the Carroll County Times reported. Michael Kunzelman,, "Newsroom shooting victims remembered Sunday," 9 July 2018 Smith’s fiance, Dewayne Poling, and Laing had played on the same men’s slow-pitch softball tournament team. Lorraine Mirabella,, "Capital Gazette staffer Rebecca Smith remembered by family, friends as 'beautiful soul'," 9 July 2018 Authorities said Curtsinger often relied on go-betweens to find customers, and the group often made connections through softball tournaments. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "'Pappygate' ringleader gets shock probation after 30 days in prison," 29 June 2018 What: Indie rock from The Family Crest and a softball tournament will make the evening one to remember. Jordan Cutler-tietjen, sacbee, "Fireworks, parades and more fireworks! Check out these can’t-miss July 4 celebrations," 27 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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