One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounmass nounNorth American
A ball game resembling baseball in which the ball is thrown against a building rather than to a batter.
- ‘Greene recalls playing stickball and stoop ball with his friends growing up, and he believes that such games still offer important lessons to today's kids.’
- ‘All the kids on my block played stoop ball at my house because we had smooth rounded edges on our stairs.’
- ‘There was a whole raft of urban games with which today's kids are totally unfamiliar: stickball, stoop ball, box ball.’
- ‘But Kholos stresses the positive, depicting the strong community life, centering on the front stoop, where the women gossip and the boys play stoop ball.’
- ‘In addition to athletic activities, including bench ball, punch ball, stoop ball, boxball and curb ball, the site lists explanations of games like kick the can.’
- ‘Those were the days when you could play ball all day long - stoop ball, stickball, punch ball, and hardball.’
- ‘Our favorite game was stoop ball where we'd take the spaldine, or rubber ball, and we'd play baseball with it against the stoop.’
- ‘It had the definitive stoop for playing stoop ball.’
- ‘At last, he stopped running and played a weird game of stoop ball off the cinderblock wall next to our driveway.’
- ‘He describes games of stick ball and stoop ball and being terrorized by his older cousin David, whose mother was boarded by Dad's parents.’
- ‘Another game which we played, that was made popular just after World War 2, was called stoop ball.’
- ‘The minute I got out of school I started playing street games, card games, alley games, rooftop games, fire escape games, punch ball, stick ball, handball, stoop ball, and a hundred other games.’
- ‘During the summer in the daytime the street was noisy with the children playing various games of box ball, stoop ball, punch ball, stick ball and racquet ball.’
Early 20th century: from stoop + ball.
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