- (in practice sessions) a ball tossed into the air by the batter and struck as it comes down.
- a batted ball, especially a fly ball, hit in this manner.
- Also called fungo bat. a bat used in hitting fungoes, being lighter, longer, and narrower than an ordinary baseball bat.
Origin of fungo
An Americanism dating back to 1865–70; of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for fungo
1867, baseball slang, perhaps from dialectal fonge "catch," a relic of Old English fon "seize" (see fang), or possibly from the German cognate fangen. Not in OED 2nd ed. (1989).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper