spitball

noun spit·ball \ ˈspit-ˌbȯl \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of spitball

1 :paper chewed and rolled into a ball to be thrown or shot as a missile
2 :a baseball pitch delivered after the ball has been moistened with saliva or sweat

Examples of spitball in a Sentence

  1. The kids were shooting spitballs at each other.

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First Known Use of spitball

1846


SPITBALL Defined for English Language Learners

spitball

noun

Definition of spitball for English Language Learners

  • : a small piece of paper that is chewed and rolled into a ball so that it can be thrown or shot at someone

  • baseball : an illegal pitch in which the ball is made wet with saliva or sweat


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