passed ball

noun Baseball.

a pitched ball that the catcher can reasonably be expected to catch but misses, resulting in a base runner's or runners' advancing one or more bases or in the batter's reaching first base safely.

Nearby words

  1. passchendaele,
  2. passcode,
  3. passe,
  4. passe-partout,
  5. passed,
  6. passed pawn,
  7. passel,
  8. passement,
  9. passementerie,
  10. passenger

Compare wild pitch.

Origin of passed ball

An Americanism dating back to 1860–65 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019