Definition of kickball in US English:



North American
  • An informal game combining elements of baseball and soccer, in which an inflated ball is thrown to a person who kicks it and proceeds to run the bases.

    • ‘I always hate to see that; it's like watching your kid be the last one chosen for kickball.’
    • ‘I have hated Adam's parents since the day I heard his mom tell my mother that a girl like me should be staying inside playing with dolls rather than kickball with Adam and the other boys in my neighborhood.’
    • ‘The sports that I picked up were football, softball, kickball and basketball.’
    • ‘They need to gather in front of their houses and play kickball with their friends.’
    • ‘The tribe hangs out in the street, playing basketball, kickball or this odd game in which they just stand there in the middle of the road while you try to pass in your car.’
    • ‘Soccer, volleyball, and a type of kickball called chinlone are popular with Karen young people.’
    • ‘That morning they had been playing kickball in the park, but the game they played was loosely structured, without rules and it wandered, as it often did, down the street.’
    • ‘There were games of kickball into the night when the lightning bugs came out to dance.’
    • ‘The rest of the day passed uneventfully with us running around the yard, sometimes playing tag or kickball or some other game, and more often than not just chasing each other around.’
    • ‘Eddie was 10 and had been playing kickball and climbing trees with her friends since she was six.’
    • ‘It reminds me of swing sets, pizza day in the cafeteria, cub scouts and kickball.’
    • ‘I like soccer, volleyball, football, kickball, and some softball.’
    • ‘We played baseball in the heat of July, football when things cooled down in September, and kickball any time of year.’
    • ‘Indoor soccer, dodgeball, and kickball have been great for my social life.’
    • ‘Sometimes we wore shirts when we played kickball or waded in mud puddles, and sometimes we did not.’
    • ‘My friends and I were playing kickball at recess, and it was really muddy outside.’
    • ‘Children seem to become more sedentary every year, watching television and playing video games instead of biking to the playground or playing kickball in the backyard with their pals.’
    • ‘It was, in the end, vaguely insulting - the adult equivalent of getting picked last for kickball.’
    • ‘A game of kickball quickly formed on the road that ran opposite of the river.’
    • ‘When I was 12 my summer nights were spent in the street, playing kickball with my cousins.’