tetherball

noun

teth·​er·​ball ˈte-t͟hər-ˌbȯl How to pronounce tetherball (audio)
: a game played with a ball suspended by a string from an upright pole in which the object is to wrap the string around the pole by striking the ball in a direction opposite to that of one's opponent
also : the ball used in this game

Examples of tetherball in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The sheriff’s office said Maximus was later discovered with a rope from a tetherball pole around his neck. David Chiu, Peoplemag, 2 Nov. 2023 The partners also hope to utilize the rest of the property and add shuffleboard, tetherball and other sports. Erin Couch, The Enquirer, 31 Mar. 2023 Eventually, grandma returns, Pedro is elected class president thanks in part to Napoleon's sweet dance moves, Kip and LaFawnDuh get married and ride off together, Uncle Rico breaks his arm and Napoleon goes back to playing tetherball with Deb. Rae Johnson, The Courier-Journal, 26 Jan. 2023 In the coming months, Charly’s will add games like tetherball and corn hole to a courtyard area connected to the restaurant’s deck. Amanda Yeager, Baltimore Sun, 5 Oct. 2022 And there’s a play area packed with games and even a tetherball court. Charles Passy, WSJ, 28 July 2022 Wildcoast has also used tires and other materials retrieved from the boom to build a nearby playground with swings, tetherball courts and a small soccer field. San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Apr. 2022 The center is using several of Convertible's additions as part of the exercise routines, including the human hamster wheel, tetherball and indoor slide. Domenica Bongiovanni, The Indianapolis Star, 1 Dec. 2021 The shortstop could be seeking a contract valued at $300 million, which seems a lot for an average defensive shortstop who backhands more balls than a tetherball player. Los Angeles Times, 4 Nov. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1897, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tetherball was in 1897

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“Tetherball.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tetherball. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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tetherball

noun
teth·​er·​ball ˈtet͟h-ər-ˌbȯl How to pronounce tetherball (audio)
: a game played with a ball suspended by a string from an upright pole in which the object is to wrap the string around the pole by striking the ball in a direction opposite to that of one's opponent
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