[ haf-vol-ee, hahf- ]
/ ˈhæfˌvɒl i, ˈhɑf- /

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

to make or stroke with a half volley.


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Origin of half-volley

First recorded in 1870–75

OTHER WORDS FROM half-volley

half-vol·ley·er, noun

Definition for half-volley (2 of 2)

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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British Dictionary definitions for half-volley

half volley
/ sport /


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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