[ foo t-bawl ]
/ ˈfʊtˌbɔl /


verb (used with object)

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

Origin of football

First recorded in 1350–1400, football is from the Middle English word fut ball. See foot, ball1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for footballing

British Dictionary definitions for footballing

/ (ˈfʊtˌbɔːl) /


  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 forms of football

footballer, noun
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