stick·​ball | \ ˈstik-ˌbȯl How to pronounce stickball (audio) \

Definition of stickball

: baseball adapted for play in streets or small areas and using a broomstick and a lightweight ball

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Recent Examples on the Web LATIN Born in Puerto Rico, Quijano grew up playing mambo and stickball on Kelly Street in the Bronx, a breeding ground for New York Latin musicians of the era. Judy Cantor-navas, Billboard, "Joe Quijano, 'King of Pachanga' and Salsa Pioneer, Dies at 83," 5 Apr. 2019 Some of Mullin’s fondest memories are of playing roller hockey, stickball and boxball with Roddy on the street in front of their family’s small row house. Connor Letourneau,, "Chris Mullin back with Warriors after brother’s death changes his path," 7 Oct. 2019 Back in South Ozone Park, there were the boys who played stickball, and then there were Patrick J. Cadden and me. Kevin Fisher-paulson,, "To a boy from Queens who toughed out 9/11 with the thick o’ the Irish," 9 Sep. 2019 Decades later, the Little Italy neighborhood is home to annual stickball tournaments, including the one during Labor Day weekend. San Diego Union-Tribune, "12 things to do in San Diego this weekend: Barona Powwow, Latinx New Play Festival, Sand Sculpting Challenge," 30 Aug. 2019 In our neighborhood, kids played stoop ball, hopscotch and stickball, with a broomstick. Marc Myers, WSJ, "How Dionne Warwick Fought to Be Heard," 7 Aug. 2018 While other kids gathered in the streets for pickup games of stickball and skelly, Doug, a big kid with thick glasses in dark plastic frames, preferred the company of books. Jessica Pressler, Daily Intelligencer, "The Tragic End to a Longtime Black-Car Driver’s Campaign Against Uber," 15 May 2018 Gertrude grew up on a farm with five brothers and one sister, climbing walnut trees, playing stickball and fishing for trout. Jonathan Wolfe, New York Times, "Gertrude Jeannette, Actor, Director and Cabdriver, Dies at 103," 26 Apr. 2018 In My Happy Days in Hollywood, Marshall takes us on a journey from his stickball-playing days in the Bronx to his time at the helm of some of the most popular television series and movies of all time. Jeff Macgregor, Smithsonian, "Why ‘Happy Days’ — and the Fonz — Never Truly ‘Jumped the Shark’," 1 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of stickball

1878, in the meaning defined above

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“Stickball.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of stickball

US : a game like baseball that is played on the street or in a small area with a stick (such as a broomstick) and ball

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