a game for two persons, in which each player, standing on each side of a post from the top of which a ball is suspended by a cord, hits the ball with the hand or a paddle in a direction opposite to that in which the other player hits it, the object being to coil the cord completely around the post.

Origin of tetherball

First recorded in 1895–1900; tether + ball1
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Word Origin and History for tetherball

also tether-ball, 1900, from tether (n.) + ball (n.1).

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