[haf-vol-ee, hahf-]

verb (used with or without object), half-vol·leyed, half-vol·ley·ing.

to make or stroke with a half volley.

Origin of half-volley

First recorded in 1870–75
Related formshalf-vol·ley·er, noun

half volley


(in tennis, racquets, etc.) a stroke in which the ball is hit the moment it bounces from the ground.

Origin of half volley

First recorded in 1875–80
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Examples from the Web for half-volley

Historical Examples of half-volley

  • A half-volley came down from the pavilion end—a half-volley and off the wicket.

    The Hill

    Horace Annesley Vachell

  • He bowled me a half-volley on the off the first ball I had in a school match.


    P. G. Wodehouse

  • The last ball of the over, a half-volley to leg, he lifted over the other boundary.


    P. G. Wodehouse

  • At last he mis-hit a half-volley and was caught in the deep for seventy-two.

  • Janet made a powerful stroke at it, apparently thinking it was a half-volley.

British Dictionary definitions for half-volley

half volley


a stroke or shot in which the ball is hit immediately after it bounces

verb half-volley

to hit or kick (a ball) immediately after it bounces
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