Definition of handball in English:



  • 1A game similar to fives, in which the ball is hit with the hand in a walled court.

    • ‘The club invites the public to come along and see the refurbished main hall and the racquetball, handball and squash courts.’
    • ‘We kicked some rocks around, played a game of handball and headed to my house for an early afternoon swim, forgetting all about our gang plan.’
    • ‘Next to the basketball courts there was a handball wall that was rarely used except for graffiti.’
    • ‘I don't know why, as they maintained they had no shoes, they were often so hungry that they ate raw turnip and their only entertainment was playing handball against a wall.’
    • ‘It provides a wide range of recreational outlets for all age groups in the area, including racquetball, handball, indoor football, badminton, squash and cuili.’
    • ‘Lindsay hugged the handball court wall with his back.’
    • ‘For higher risk sports - such as basketball, racquetball and handball - Boldt recommends sports goggles with polycarbonate lenses.’
    • ‘Across from the little dead end road was a park, with the multicolor jungle gym sets, along with a small basketball court, and a 2 sided handball court.’
    • ‘I sat on the pavement by the music wing to catch a little sunshine, and to look out to the school's handball court.’
    • ‘In addition to the gym and sauna are all the old favourites squash, handball, racquetball, basketball, badminton and indoor soccer.’
    • ‘We played handball against the wall that had NO BALL PLAYING spray painted across its surface.’
    • ‘James wiped the sweat off of his face and sat down against the handball court wall.’
    • ‘Minority sports like racquetball, handball and volleyball don't enjoy wide media coverage, nor do the players enjoy widespread attention or recognition.’
    • ‘Those who wish to book the main hall, handball/racketball court and Games room can do so now.’
    • ‘While the youngsters played handball against the gable wall, held boxing matches in a nearby field or tied up a couple of old socks as a football.’
    • ‘Parents are reminded that the club can provide excellent and varied recreational outlets for birthday parties, such as basketball, indoor football, handball and racquetball.’
    1. 1.1A team game similar to soccer in which the ball is thrown or hit with the hands rather than kicked.
      • ‘The highest incidence is seen in adolescents playing pivoting sports such as football, basketball, and team handball.’
      • ‘Nah, I always cry when Slovenia beats Denmark in team handball.’
      • ‘Phase one will consist of the out door courts that will facilitate Olympic handball, netball, volleyball tennis and beach volleyball.’
      • ‘The children will play a variety of sports including hockey, basketball, rounders, Olympic handball, Gaelic football and table tennis.’
      • ‘By January 1885 they have a full set of rules for their, as it were three big games: hurling, Gaelic football and handball.’
      • ‘The opening of the new 40 x 20 handball court has been a major boost to local hand-ball and there is considerable upsurge in youngsters participating.’
      • ‘Some fans surprised themselves by learning to love such offbeat sports as badminton and handball.’
      • ‘When Matthews first competed in a Paralympics it was in the Netherlands in 1980 as part of a three-man Great Britain team playing goalball, a cross between football and handball using a ball fitted with a bell.’
      • ‘No data are available on the return rate after an ACL injury among elite athletes in a pivoting sport such as team handball.’
      • ‘Visitors to the site will be enlivened by compulsive news about European handball, volleyball and water polo, as well as being enticed into buying wardrobes.’
      • ‘Three Olympic handball courts will be in use, on the main pitch at the Showgrounds, well-known home of Sligo Rovers FC.’
      • ‘Martin put up a good show in the first game, but Sean Ryan playing in his home court played handball out of the top drawer to win the first 21-14.’
      • ‘Practice and preparation is well underway for the Easter events - basketball, Olympic handball and soccer.’
      • ‘They will spend half a day at a time in the Arena learning less mainstream sports such as martial arts, gymnastics, handball and basketball.’
      • ‘Mary Lyons takes part in the model making competitions and two Olympic handball teams from the area compete in the All - Ireland finals.’
      • ‘Numerous venues lie idle, including the Helliniko Olympic complex, which was the site for baseball, basketball, kayaking, fencing, handball, hockey and softball.’
      • ‘The time sheet is open to all who have worn the Green and Red of Mayo at football, hurling, ladies football, camogie or handball.’
      • ‘They ran themselves into the ground playing Olympic handball, rounders, football and hurling and competing in the athletic events.’
      • ‘The title of the game would suggest that Gaelic Games: Hurling may soon follow but we may be a while waiting for ladies football, camogie, handball or rounders.’
      • ‘I played cricket, handball, football, basketball, tennis at any time I could get a chance and I liked reading fiction from the school library more than I liked reading text books.’
    2. 1.2The ball used in handball.
      • ‘What he saw was that of a girl leaping high in the air reaching for a handball.’
      • ‘A blocked handball right on the edge of the box by an East Belfast player was followed by a blatant trip as Ian Smith threatened to burst past the penalty spot.’
      • ‘And Toby McGrath slips a handball to Matthew Clucas in the Fremantle derby.’
  • 2Soccer
    Touching of the ball with the hand or arm, constituting a foul.

    ‘a penalty for handball’
    [count noun] ‘a blatant handball’
    • ‘Although there wasn't much reaction on the field, did the team feel the handball non-call against Germany was a poor one?’
    • ‘He pulled up Simon Francis for a handball but rather than talking to him he was actually looking for Jason.’
    • ‘I may or may not be the only person who distinctly remembers Winter signalling that a push had been committed by Gallas rather than a handball, but perhaps I am just nit-picking.’
    • ‘Ks still tried to get an equaliser and there was a big shout for handball against Mangdoza from Lee's free kick.’
    • ‘Andy Scott was penalised for handball and Mike Kewley's kick was hard and low - but Speare pushed the ball onto the post and the defence did the rest.’
    • ‘Manchester City's goal keeper Carlo Nash will miss the game against Chelsea next month after being sent off for deliberate handball in the reserve-team game with Everton.’