softball

noun soft·ball \ ˈsȯf(t)-ˌbȯl \
Updated on: 30 Nov 2017

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

softballer

play \ˈsȯf(t)-ˌbȯ-lər\ noun

Examples of softball in a Sentence

  1. Do you want to play softball?

  2. All the questions in the interview were softballs.

Recent Examples of softball from the Web

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First Known Use of softball

1867


SOFTBALL Defined for English Language Learners

softball

noun

Definition of softball for English Language Learners

  • : 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


SOFTBALL Defined for Kids

softball

noun soft·ball \ ˈsȯft-ˌbȯl \

Definition of softball for Students

1 : a game like baseball played with a larger ball thrown underhand
2 : the ball used in softball


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