US and Canadian a game, often played in bars, in which opponents on either side of a purpose-built table attempt to strike a ball into the other side's goal by moving horizontal bars to which miniatures of footballers are attachedAlso called (esp in Britain): table football

Nearby words

  1. foolishly,
  2. foolproof,
  3. fools rush in where angels fear to tread,
  4. fools, feast of,
  5. foolscap,
  6. foot,
  7. foot brake,
  8. foot doctor,
  9. foot drop,
  10. foot fault

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Word Origin and History for foosball



debuted in U.S. 1963 and was a craze on some college campuses for a few years thereafter. Said to have been designed c.1930s in Switzerland. The name is presumably from the pronunciation of Fußball, the German form of (Association) football.

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