stick·​ball ˈstik-ˌbȯl How to pronounce stickball (audio)
: baseball adapted for play in streets or small areas and using a broomstick and a lightweight ball

Examples of stickball in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The takes, visible on documentary film, of Mays playing stickball up on St. Nicholas Place are also reminders that New York at that time was largely segregated. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 21 June 2024 As a player for the New York Giants, Mays lived on St. Nicholas Place, blocks from work, and would play stickball with kids in the street in the mornings before and evenings after games at the Polo Grounds. David K. Li, NBC News, 19 June 2024 There was no stickball in the streets of San Francisco; when Mays bought a home in a white neighborhood, a brick was thrown through his front window. Gary Peterson, The Mercury News, 19 June 2024 For example, many Native Americans played stickball, a lacrosse-like game in which players hurl a ball down a field, to settle disputes between tribes without resorting to violence. Cody Cottier, Discover Magazine, 5 Mar. 2024 The stickball games close three blocks: India Street between A and Ash streets; Columbia Street between Beech and Date streets; and State Street between Ash and Beech streets. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Sep. 2023 The stickball tournament started in Little Italy but climbing costs don’t make things easy, said Joe Jennings, president of the local stickball organization. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Sep. 2023 Oscar recalls one day as a kid playing stickball on his East Los Angeles street when the ball went into the street and he was nearly hit by a speeding car that left him lying on the ground. David Chiu, Peoplemag, 24 July 2023 Modern background Petitti, the son of a former New York City police officer who reminisced about playing stickball with his dad on the streets of Queens, played baseball at Division III Haverford College near Philadelphia. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, 28 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1878, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of stickball was in 1878

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“Stickball.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

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stick·​ball ˈstik-ˌbȯl How to pronounce stickball (audio)
: baseball played on the street or in a small area with a broomstick and a lightweight ball

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