Definition of football in English:



  • 1[mass noun] Any of various forms of team game involving kicking (and in some cases also handling) a ball, in particular (in the UK) soccer or (in the US) American football.

    [as modifier] ‘a football club’
    ‘a football match’
    • ‘Every good team needs a good leader, and every good football team needs a leader at quarterback.’
    • ‘One piece of clothing comes off every time the University of Kentucky football team wins a game.’
    • ‘When I was 16 years old, my Mississippi high school football team had a game in New Orleans.’
    • ‘The soccer and football games that were scheduled were cancelled after consultation with the visiting American teams.’
    • ‘For the first time, a female player played for a major college football team.’
    • ‘Like any good football team, America needed a good offense and a good defense during the war.’
    • ‘The football team had two games this week-one of Tuesday and the other on Friday.’
    • ‘He brings a lot of presence as an individual, and he's a great addition to our football team.’
    • ‘This marvellous facility is home to soccer, football and hurling clubs and a training ground for local athletes.’
    • ‘Notre Dame isn't even the best private-school football team in America anymore.’
    • ‘The Shapiro model is something Ohio's professional football teams should follow.’
    • ‘The way Mike dealt with his injury was the turning point for our football team.’
    • ‘Go outside with your kids and play in the snow or start a pickup basketball, hockey, soccer or football game.’
    • ‘So he asked if I could handle the Elmwood football game, since I was a sports reporter for my college paper.’
    • ‘Rather than just running the ball, it's one of the other things I can do to help out this football team.’
    • ‘I didn't want to have to contend with soccer and Pop Warner football games.’
    • ‘I got the feeling later that day and the next that Parcells likes the looks of his football team.’
    • ‘The hurling and football teams were reasonably successful but it was on the soccer field that Cork shone.’
    • ‘Who in their right mind would risk life and limb to referee a local soccer or football match?’
    1. 1.1The playing of football, especially in a stylish and entertaining way.
      ‘his team played some impressive football’
      • ‘They blooded some new players and over the season they provided some wonderful entertainment and brilliant football.’
      • ‘But red cards and bravado aside, there was plenty of good football played and entertainment provided too.’
      • ‘They played some entertaining football and looked the better side for the first half hour.’
      • ‘While it was heavy going underfoot, both teams worked hard and provided some entertaining football.’
      • ‘Two great goals with a sprinkling of sparkling football at times lit up an entertaining opening 45 minutes.’
      • ‘This was a very entertaining game with both sides playing some great football.’
      • ‘The point he is making is that fans come to see entertaining and creative football played by motivated players.’
      • ‘We aren't filling the ground and that's disappointing because we are playing such entertaining football.’
      • ‘Despite the poor conditions both sides served up some entertaining football, a draw being a fair result.’
      • ‘A gale force wind spoiled any chance of entertaining football at Station Park as Forfar broke their duck at home this season.’
      • ‘He made little impression in the opening half when Real played some spectacular football in the middle of the pitch.’
      • ‘Both teams like to get the ball on the deck and play through the midfield and that makes it entertaining football to watch.’
      • ‘The club reached its peak in the 1970s, when it gained a reputation for playing entertaining football.’
      • ‘Albion were well worth their advantage at that stage having played some impressive passing football without reward in the first half.’
      • ‘But it was always entertaining and pulsating, with some excellent football played by both sides.’
      • ‘Their football has been fast and stylish; their scoring impressive.’
      • ‘These were very entertaining games with some excellent displays of football from all sides.’
      • ‘Confidence was now running high for Molleran's and at last they began to show some of the stylish football that had taken them to the final.’
      • ‘There is, and always has been, a tradition of entertaining football at Celtic which I'm sure will never change.’
      • ‘The game produced a wealth of good football with plenty of entertainment and wholehearted effort form both teams.’
  • 2A ball used in football, either round (as in soccer) or oval (as in rugby and American football) and typically made of leather or plastic and filled with compressed air.

    • ‘Others kick back on cots and read, while outside a football is tossed in a friendly game of catch.’
    • ‘They want to run the football and keep the ball away from the other team.’
    • ‘It was running the football, protecting the ball and forcing turnovers.’
    • ‘The QB rarely will pick up a football until training camp and will play sparingly in the preseason.’
    • ‘We went inside, stuffed our faces, and then went back outside to throw the football around.’
    • ‘No more flying footballs through the goal post to decide the outcome.’
    • ‘We all kind of played water polo with a football and then Lindsay insisted that we hang out in the spa with Logan and Taylor.’
    • ‘Also look for Drew Bledsoe, who signed a huge contract this offseason, to fill the autumn air with footballs.’
    • ‘Fluffy clouds dotted the sky and children threw footballs around outside.’
    • ‘Using a volleyball instead of a football reduces the chances a player will break a finger.’
    • ‘But, when you are carrying one of the footballs or the soccer ball, you can be tackled.’
    1. 2.1A topical issue that is the subject of continued argument or controversy.
      ‘the use of education as a political football’
      • ‘Is a paper that outsells every other title in Scotland really capable of turning the serious issue of drugs into an election football?’
      • ‘Some people are seeking to use the issue as a football, rather than trying to find genuine solutions to the obvious difficulties.’
      • ‘What happens afterwards should focus on the football, not violence and other side issues.’