FOOSBALL

World English Dictionary
foosball (ˈfuːsˌbɔːl)
 
n
(US), (Canadian) Also called (esp in Britain): table football a game, often played in bars, in which opponents on either side of a purpose-built table attempt to strike a ball into the other side's goal by moving horizontal bars to which miniatures of footballers are attached

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Main Entry:  foosball
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a trademarked tabletop game of soccer with the players on rods that extend through the sides, with one player each controlling a side; also called table soccer, also written Foosball
Etymology:  G. tischfussball
Main Entry:  Foosball
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  See foosball
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Word Origin & History

foosball
debuted in U.S. 1963 and was a craze on some college campuses for a few years thereafter. Said to have been designed c.1930s in Switzerland. The name is presumably from the pronunciation of Fußball, the German form of (Association) football.
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