Definition of googly in English:



  • A ball bowled with a deceptive action.

    • ‘Indeed, he could bowl the googly at about slow-medium pace and where, in exceptional conditions, the pitch dictated it, he could be a fine slow bowler.’
    • ‘Reports that he can no longer bowl the googly are wide of the mark: Graham Thorpe says Warne bowled him two on Wednesday in the County Championship match at the Rose Bowl.’
    • ‘I bowl chinamen and googlies which is a bit odd but it seems to come naturally.’
    • ‘This is by no means uncommon to spinners who bowl googlies with a high arm action as it puts considerable strain on the shoulder.’
    • ‘He used to bowl two googlies, one from the top and one that he used to bowl from shoulder height.’


Early 20th century: of unknown origin.