[ snoh-bawl ]
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  1. a ball of snow pressed or rolled together, as for throwing.

  2. any of several shrubs belonging to the genus Viburnum, of the honeysuckle family, having large clusters of white, sterile flowers.

  1. a confection of crushed ice, usually in the shape of a ball, which is flavored with fruit or other syrup and served in a paper cup.

  2. a scoop or ball of ice cream covered with shredded coconut and usually chocolate sauce.

verb (used with object)
  1. to throw snowballs at.

  2. to cause to grow or become larger, greater, more intense, etc., at an accelerating rate: to snowball a small business into a great enterprise.

verb (used without object)
  1. to grow or become larger, greater, more intense, etc., at an accelerating rate.

Origin of snowball

1350–1400; Middle English (noun); see snow, ball1

Words Nearby snowball Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use snowball in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for snowball


/ (ˈsnəʊˌbɔːl) /

  1. snow pressed into a ball for throwing, as in play

  2. a drink made of advocaat and lemonade

  1. slang a mixture of heroin and cocaine

  2. a dance started by one couple who separate and choose different partners. The process continues until all present are dancing

  1. (intr) to increase rapidly in size, importance, etc: their woes have snowballed since last year

  2. (tr) to throw snowballs at

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