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[hand-bawl] /ˈhændˌbɔl/
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.
Origin of handball
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English handballe. See hand, ball1
Related forms
handballer, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for handball
  • 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.
  • handball players put in a busy day at the various local handball courts yesterday.
  • handballers favor this beach thanks to the multiple handball courts available.
  • Team sport players can try soccer, basketball, handball and hockey.
  • He now spends his free time working out, playing handball and racquetball and going out with his friends for a few beers.
British Dictionary definitions for handball


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

also hand-ball, 1630s as a type of ball; 1885 as a game, from hand (n.) + ball (n.1).

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