touch football


: football played informally and chiefly characterized by the substitution of touching for tackling

Examples of touch football in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Taylor would play touch football there with her brother and all the other guys. April Wallace,, 28 Jan. 2024 Many of them played sports — everything including golf, touch football and basketball. Courtland Milloy, Washington Post, 31 Oct. 2023 Last fall, as COVID-19 numbers began to decline, tackle and touch football figures experienced modest growth to just more than 10,000 participants nationwide while flag football numbers dipped slightly to just less than 6,900 youths. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, 8 Apr. 2022 Advertisement The real estate agent, eager to get rid of 11-year-old Deborah and her younger brother, told them that Elvis and his friends were playing touch football at a nearby park. John Kelly, Washington Post, 17 July 2023 Stretching 2½ miles, the wide strand welcomes touch football players, Frisbee throwers, serious sunbathers, families toting beach chairs and sand pails, and folks who’ve worked all winter at the gym to develop six-pack abs. Patricia Harris,, 23 June 2023 Then there were the games of whiffle ball, touch football and croquet between grandfather and granddaughter, and now narrating the story of his life. Josh Peter, USA TODAY, 12 May 2023 An All-Star Game between the Eastern Conference and the Western Conference sounds like a sham of an exhibition similar to what is done in the NBA or the ridiculous touch football Pro Bowl show put on by the NFL. Steve Silverman, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2023 Maverick pays homage to the infamous beach volleyball scene of the original (set to 'Playing With the Boys' by Kenny Loggins) with a shirtless touch football sequence, with new stars Jay Ellis, Glen Powell, and Danny Ramirez filling in for Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer. Philip Ellis, Men's Health, 28 May 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1913, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of touch football was in 1913

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Cite this Entry

“Touch football.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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