table tennis


: a game resembling tennis that is played on a tabletop with wooden paddles and a small hollow plastic ball

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web At the end of a black-and-white teaser video, the royal couple faces off against each other in what seems to be an intense game of ping-pong (also called table tennis). Town & Country, 30 Nov. 2022 The black-and-white trailer wraps up with a sweet clip of the married royals competing against each other in a seemingly intense table tennis match. Rosa Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 30 Nov. 2022 This on-the-go table tennis kit, which comes with a retractable six foot net, two ping pong paddles, two ping pong balls and a mesh carry bag, is proof. Good Housekeeping, 18 Nov. 2022 Trim the wig as needed and add eyes made with table tennis balls and cupcake liners. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, 1 Nov. 2022 Modern-day table tennis originated in the 1880s in England, invented so Victorians could get their fill of lawn tennis indoors during winter. Rachel Klein, Popular Mechanics, 1 Oct. 2022 While Ping-Pong is less popular in the US, there is a national table tennis team and a national organization that promotes the sport through more than 250 clubs and more than 350 tournaments annually, according to the USA Table Tennis website. Johanna Seltz,, 13 Sep. 2022 My dream of living in Southern California again involves the idea that people are constantly playing table tennis at sunset. Emma Specter, Vogue, 9 Sep. 2022 For distractions, there are table tennis and foosball in a snack room. New York Times, 16 June 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1891, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of table tennis was in 1891

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“Table tennis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

table tennis

: a game resembling tennis that is played on a table with wooden paddles and a small hollow plastic ball

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