a board game in which players attempt to transfer their pieces from their own to their opponents' bases

Word Origin for halma

C19: from Greek halma leap, from hallesthai to leap
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Examples from the Web for halma

Historical Examples of halma

  • The degraded Halma men were watching them from a distance, in whispering groups.

    The Magic City

    Edith Nesbit

  • Your halma man as you buy him in a box is ever a bit of a starveling.

    Wings and the Child

    E. [Edith] Nesbit

  • I must continue my normal life, I must play Halma with my mother, and slang the gardeners if they are lazy.

    The Angel of Pain

    E. F. Benson

  • A Halma man, with an inborn taste for machinery, had long pined to leave the gathering of pine-apples to others.

    The Magic City

    Edith Nesbit

  • Coming near the wire for the first time, Halma took the lead, and to make the story short, held it easily to the end.