no ball

  1. an unfairly bowled ball.

Origin of no ball

First recorded in 1740–50

Words Nearby no ball Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use no ball in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for no-ball


  1. cricket an illegal ball, as for overstepping the crease, throwing, etc, for which the batting side scores a run, and from which the batsman can be out only by being run out

  2. rounders an illegal ball, esp one bowled too high or too low

sentence substitute
  1. cricket rounders a call by the umpire indicating a no-ball

  1. (tr) cricket (of an umpire)

    • to declare (a bowler) to have bowled a no-ball

    • to declare (a delivery) to be a no-ball

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