follow Dictionary.com

What's the "een" in Halloween?

softball

[sawft-bawl, soft-] /ˈsɔftˌbɔl, ˈsɒft-/
noun
1.
a form of baseball played on a smaller diamond with a larger and softer, ball.
2.
the ball itself.
3.
something that can be easily dealt with:
The confirmation committee threw her a softball on that question.
Origin
1925-1930
1925-30; soft + ball1
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for softball
  • The other unromantic moment came with what also should have been a softball, or a soft satellite: the moon base.
  • He would have seen three generations of males and females playing softball in the field next to the old high school.
  • softball leagues run in the spring, summer, and fall months.
  • softball leagues are run at many sites throughout the county.
British Dictionary definitions for softball

softball

/ˈsɒftˌbɔːl/
noun
1.
a variation of baseball using a larger softer ball, pitched underhand
2.
the ball used
3.
(cookery) the stage in the boiling of a sugar syrup at which it may be rubbed into balls after dipping in cold water
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for softball
n.

baseball of larger than usual size, used in a scaled-down version of the game, 1914, from soft + ball (n.1). The game itself so called from 1926, earlier known as playground baseball. The word earlier was a term in sugar candy making (1894). Softball question, one that is easy to answer, is attested from 1976.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Slang definitions & phrases for softball

softball

adjective

Trivial and contemptible; nonserious: a softball question if ever there was one/ This softball performance by Democrats on the Judiciary Committee in the Thomas hearings left many in a huge TV audience wondering what legitimate claim to national power this bumbling crowd could possibly have

[1970s+; based on hardball]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for softball

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for softball

13
16
Scrabble Words With Friends