Definition of punchball in English:

punchball

noun

  • 1British A stuffed or inflated ball suspended or mounted on a stand, used for punching as exercise or training, especially by boxers.

    • ‘He is a past master of the photo-opportunity who, as a Scottish Office minister, wowed inmates at Saughton Prison with his boxing skills by laying into a punchball.’
    • ‘Despite the lack of a swimming pool on board the ship to Canada, King kept fit by using a boxer's punchball - the method Allan Wells pioneered for track sprinters over 40 years later.’
  • 2US [mass noun] A team ball game in which a rubber ball is punched or headed.

    • ‘I come from the part of Brooklyn, N.Y., where girls played punchball or handball, unless they were fortunate enough to have someone pay for their tennis lessons.’
    • ‘Punchball is a sport similar to baseball but without a pitcher, catcher, or bat.’
    • ‘Punchball should be declared an Olympic event.’

Pronunciation:

punchball

/ˈpʌn(t)ʃbɔːl/