Definition of Subbuteo in English:



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  • A tabletop version of soccer in which players use their fingers to flick miniature figures of footballers at the ball in order to strike it towards the goal.

    • ‘Wes got the chance to play the table-top version of the beautiful game in the event staged to mark the launch of a new version of Subbuteo.’
    • ‘Armitage, for his part, is nostalgic about Subbuteo, the kicking, flicking football game which features heavily in the novel.’
    • ‘In the 1950s children wanted Subbuteo, Sooty, Muffin the Mule and model cars.’
    • ‘Friday Generations of footie fans are devastated to learn that Subbuteo is to be kicked into touch after keeping fingers flicking for more than 50 years.’
    • ‘But he was not as overawed as you may expect - for they were all under 16-years-old and were standing at either end of a Subbuteo table.’


1940s: punningly from Latin Falco subbuteo ‘hobby falcon’, represented on Subbuteo products.