Definition of kabaddi in English:


Pronunciation /kəˈbadi//ˈkʌbədi/


mass noun
  • A sport of Indian origin played by teams of seven on a circular sand court. The players attempt to tag or capture opponents and must hold their breath while running, repeating the word ‘kabaddi’ to show that they are doing so.

    • ‘An arena demonstrating traditional sports such as kabaddi will give fans a chance to test their skills.’
    • ‘The four golds that India garnered from outside the athletics events came from kabaddi, tennis, snooker and golf.’
    • ‘He also proved his worth in basketball and kabaddi.’
    • ‘A champion at school, he never failed to join his friends for a game of kabaddi, even if it scared his teachers.’
    • ‘The rain had caused some of the sporting events to be cancelled on the Saturday but yesterday thousands flocked to watch the traditional Asian game of kabaddi.’
    • ‘To instil a sense of sportive spirit, facilities to play volleyball, kabaddi and tennicoit have been made within the jail premises.’
    • ‘He represented his alma mater in wrestling as well as the traditional Punjabi sport of kabaddi.’
    • ‘Sanjiva, from the Uttar Pradesh school of kabaddi and employed with Indian Railways, ruled out the need for drastic changes in the sport, just to cater to growing markets.’
    • ‘Having players of this quality is a real privilege and will help people get an experience of kabaddi and help the game develop here.’
    • ‘After the success of its gridiron coverage, Channel 4 turned its attentions to the subcontinent and the ancient Indian discipline kabaddi.’


Of uncertain origin; compare with Kannada kabalisu ‘to gulp’ and Hindi kabaḍḍī ‘shout “kabaddi”’.