a game, similar to squash, played by two or four persons who strike a small ball against a wall or walls with the hand.
the small, hard rubber ball used in this game.

1400–50; late Middle English handballe. See hand, ball1

handballer, noun
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handball (ˈhændˌbɔːl)
1.  a game in which two teams of seven players try to throw a ball into their opponent's goal
2.  a game in which two or four people strike a ball against a wall or walls with the hand, usually gloved
3.  the small hard rubber ball used in this game
4.  soccer the offence committed when a player other than a goalkeeper in his own penalty area touches the ball with a hand
5.  Australian rules football to pass (the ball) with a blow of the fist

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any of a family of games played in walled courts or against a single wall, with a small rubber ball that is struck with hand or fist against the wall. The object is to cause the ball to rebound with variations of power or speed and at such an angle that the opposition cannot return it. There are three versions of handball: four-wall, three-wall, and one-wall. Each may be played by two (singles) or four (doubles).

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Example sentences
The brown handball-size fruit the vendor offers me looks positively rotten.
There is also an executive handball court, for some reason built to
  nonregulation outsize specifications.
But the reality was closer to a grudge handball match.
The handball players put in a full day yesterday, all the local courts being
  crowded with players.
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