- a ball of snow pressed or rolled together, as for throwing.
- any of several shrubs belonging to the genus Viburnum, of the honeysuckle family, having large clusters of white, sterile flowers.
- 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.
- a scoop or ball of ice cream covered with shredded coconut and usually chocolate sauce.
- to throw snowballs at.
- to cause to grow or become larger, greater, more intense, etc., at an accelerating rate: to snowball a small business into a great enterprise.
- to grow or become larger, greater, more intense, etc., at an accelerating rate.
Origin of snowball
Related Words for snowballingproliferate, widen, escalate, heighten, swell, multiply, intensify, thicken, strengthen, broaden, upsurge, lengthen, reinforce, supplement, redouble, triple, protract, further, sharpen, distend
Examples from the Web for snowballing
Contemporary Examples of snowballing
Historical Examples of snowballing
That was snowballing a cripple, and he was really most woebegone about it.The Making of Bobby Burnit
George Randolph Chester
Children were out with sleds, and snowballing parties were in the field.A Little Girl in Old Boston
Amanda Millie Douglas
Others as quickly followed—it was not snowing, it was snowballing.Tales of Trail and Town
But George Strong came out, and took a snowballing in good part.
Poor Peleg Snuggers came in for his full share of the snowballing.
- snow pressed into a ball for throwing, as in play
- a drink made of advocaat and lemonade
- slang a mixture of heroin and cocaine
- a dance started by one couple who separate and choose different partners. The process continues until all present are dancing
- (intr) to increase rapidly in size, importance, etctheir woes have snowballed since last year
- (tr) to throw snowballs at
Word Origin and History for snowballing
"to make snowballs," 1680s, from snowball (n.); sense of "to throw snowballs at" (someone) is from 1850. Meaning "to increase rapidly" is attested from 1929, though the image of a snowball increasing in size as it rolls along had been used since at least 1613, and a noun sense of "a pyramid scheme" is attested from 1892. Related: Snowballed; snowballing.