town ball


Definition of town ball

  1. :  a ball game preceding and resembling baseball at recesses and at noon, we played … town ball and baseball — W. A. White — compare rounder 3a

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Origin and Etymology of town ball

so called from the fact that it was played at the time of town meetings

First Known Use: 1813

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feeling or affected by lethargy

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