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football

[ foo t-bawl ]
/ ˈfʊtˌbɔl /
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noun

verb (used with object)

Informal. to offer for sale at a reduced or special price.

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Origin of football

First recorded in 1350–1400, football is from the Middle English word fut ball. See foot, ball1
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British Dictionary definitions for football

football

/ (ˈfʊtˌbɔːl) /

noun

  1. any of various games played with a round or oval ball and usually based on two teams competing to kick, head, carry, or otherwise propel the ball into each other's goal, territory, etcSee association football, rugby, Australian Rules, American football, Gaelic football
  2. (as modifier)a football ground; a football supporter
the ball used in any of these games or their variants
a problem, issue, etc, that is continually passed from one group or person to another and treated as a pretext for argument instead of being resolvedhe accused the government of using the strike as a political football
Derived Formsfootballer, noun
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Word Origin and History for football

football


n.

open-air game, first recorded c.1400; see foot (n.) + ball (n.1). Forbidden in a Scottish statute of 1424. The first reference to the ball itself is late 15c. Figurative sense of "something idly kicked around" is first recorded 1530s. Ball-kicking games date back to the Roman legions, at least, but the sport seems to have risen to a national obsession in England, c.1630. Rules first regularized at Cambridge, 1848; soccer (q.v.) split off in 1863.

The U.S. style (known to some in England as "stop-start rugby with padding") evolved gradually 19c.; the first true collegiate game is considered to have been played Nov. 6, 1869, between Princeton and Rutgers, at Rutgers, but the rules there were more like soccer. A rematch at Princeton Nov. 13, with the home team's rules, was true U.S. football. The earliest recorded application of the word football to this is from 1881.

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