verb (used with object)
Examples from the Web for football
The quote is apocryphal, but that has not changed its significance for Army football players.
A football player killed himself after saying he was ‘all f----- up’ from a head injury.Will the NCAA Let Ohio State’s Kosta Karageorge Die in Vain?|Robert Silverman|December 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Thank you, FCC, for all the football that is broadcast on Thanksgiving Day.Up to a Point: Thanks to the Biggest Turkey, Uncle Sam|P. J. O’Rourke|November 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The truth is, there was football to watch, and 30,000 emails is a heavy lift.
In the beginning of the film, we see a group of girls, Mariame included, walking home from football practice.
Another thing I was surprised at was the way they go at football here.Quarter-Back Bates|Ralph Henry Barbour
Once every term the cricket and football committees assembled to transact business.Dr. Jolliffe's Boys|Lewis Hough
This was rarer at football than at cricket, for at football the better team generally wins.The Gold Bat|P. G. Wodehouse
Doggie had not kicked it because he had never kicked a football in his life and shrank from an exhibition of incompetence.The Rough Road|William John Locke
Youre out of football until you get back your class standing.Full-Back Foster|Ralph Henry Barbour
British Dictionary definitions for football
- 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
- (as modifier)a football ground; a football supporter
Word Origin and History for football
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.