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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Looking for coaches for Alameda Blaze competitive travel teams during summer and fall leagues, for ages 8U, 10U and 12U. Former softball players and current/former coaches wanted for the opportunity to develop players and grow the program. Bay Area News Group, The Mercury News, "What’s Happening sports briefs for July 5," 3 July 2019 Campbell, who has enrolled at Texas A&M to play softball, had a .708 batting average with 39 RBI and scored 43 runs. Marcus Gutierrez, Houston Chronicle, "Softball: Kingwood’s Campbell named to TWSA all-state team, Richardson committs to Baylor," 2 July 2019 Summers were spent watching Michela play high school softball. Hailey Branson-potts,, "Ghost Ship trial: A weary dad sits in court every day, missing his daughter," 11 June 2019 At age 69, Kurek still plays senior softball and loves the chance to take the field with family members. James Krause, Naperville Sun, "Vintage baseball played with 1858 rules takes the field Sunday at Naper Settlement's Hometown Picnic," 6 June 2019 Both were star athletes: Elisabeth played softball and Tim was on the college's football team. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "A Glance at Elisabeth Hasselbeck's Life With Her Husband Tim and Their 3 Kids," 26 Mar. 2019 There, a handful of moms sit clustered on splintering wooden bleachers watching their daughters, ages 9 to 12, play softball. Kate Morgan, Woman's Day, "A New Jersey Softball Team Is Lifting Its City's Spirits," 21 Mar. 2019 This week, Auburn’s softball coach, Mickey Dean, was highly critical of the new system, which gives players more power over their playing careers. Joseph Goodman |,, "How Alabama’s Nate Oats mastered the transfer portal in this new age of the NCAA," 19 June 2019 Congratulations to Avon High School’s varsity girls softball coach, Ken Matuszak, named Lorain County Division I Coach of the Year., "North Ridgeville Corn Festival Parade will take place this year: Short Takes on Avon, Avon Lake and North Ridgeville," 13 June 2019

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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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