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

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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 One of Arizona high school softball's double threats. Dana Scott, The Arizona Republic, 7 June 2021 Mike Candrea is retiring after winning eight national championships and amassing more wins than any coach in college softball history during 36 years at Arizona., 7 June 2021 Her team won last Class S softball title in 2019 before the pandemic erased the high school spring sports season last year. Lori Riley,, 7 June 2021 Alabama’s quest for its first NCAA softball championship since 2012 hit a speed bump Sunday when the Tide lost, 2-0, to Florida State in the national semifinals. Mike Rodak |, al, 7 June 2021 For Aledo, there’s hope that its fourth softball state championship could happen next year. Joseph Hoyt, Dallas News, 6 June 2021 Bishop Brossart softball – The Mustangs outlasted Scott 14-9 in the 37th District semifinals for their third win in a row, advancing to the 10th Region Tournament. Melanie Laughman, The Enquirer, 6 June 2021 Cuyahoga Heights entered the OHSAA Division IV state softball championship game at Firestone Stadium on Sunday afternoon looking for its second state title. Ryan Isley, cleveland, 6 June 2021 The Southern Section softball playoffs will hold quarterfinal games on Tuesday. Eric Sondheimer Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 6 June 2021

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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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9 Jun 2021

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“Softball.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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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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