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[teth -er-bawl] /ˈtɛð ərˌbɔl/
a game for two persons, in which each player, standing on each side of a post from the top of which a ball is suspended by a cord, hits the ball with the hand or a paddle in a direction opposite to that in which the other player hits it, the object being to coil the cord completely around the post.
Origin of tetherball
1895-1900; tether + ball1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Instead of tetherball and archery, of course, the days were filled with lectures.
  • Also available are box hockey, tetherball, and hopscotch and shuffleboard courts.
Word Origin and History for tetherball

also tether-ball, 1900, from tether (n.) + ball (n.1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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