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handball

[hand-bawl] /ˈhændˌbɔl/
noun
1.
a game, similar to squash, played by two or four persons who strike a small ball against a wall or walls with the hand.
2.
the small, hard rubber ball used in this game.
Origin of handball
late Middle English
1400-1450
First recorded in 1400-50, handball is from the late Middle English word handballe. See hand, ball1
Related forms
handballer, noun
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handball

/ˈhændˌbɔːl/
noun
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
verb
5.
(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
n.

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

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