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

Definition of softball

1 : a sport similar 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

Other Words from softball

softballer \ ˈsȯf(t)-​ˌbȯ-​lər How to pronounce softball (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 The baseball and softball fields are quiet at Daphne’s 3-year-old sports complex this month. al, 28 July 2022 Besides learning the basic fundamentals of baseball and softball, there were games, fun competitions, music and food. Emmett Hall, Sun Sentinel, 21 July 2022 There will also be a focus on youth baseball and softball, including a Little League player announcing the lineups. Joe Reedy, Chicago Tribune, 26 June 2022 Of the 11 athletes in the Cincinnati Reds Reviving Baseball in the Inner Cities (RBI) class of 2022, five will continue with their baseball and softball careers at the collegiate level. Sara Tidwell, The Enquirer, 7 June 2022 Members of the Hoover High baseball and softball teams joined school and community officials for the occasion. San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 June 2022 Meanwhile, questions are swirling around the presumed front-runners, baseball and softball. Louise Radnofsky, WSJ, 31 May 2022 At one end of the trail is the Miracle League field that is aimed at getting athletes with disabilities to play baseball and softball. Mary Carole Mccauley, Baltimore Sun, 21 May 2022 Rain and lighting continued to put a damper on baseball and softball playoffs on Friday. Buddy Collings, Orlando Sentinel, 20 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of softball

1867, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Softball.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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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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