Definition of pickleball in US English:

pickleball

noun

  • A game resembling tennis in which players use paddles to hit a perforated plastic ball over a net.

    ‘residents can play tennis, pickleball, handball, and bocce’
    • ‘Last year pickleball was admitted to the National Senior Games, the first new sport in 20 years.’
    • ‘Remember in summer camp when you got the "honorable mention" badge for some non-sport like archery or rowing or pickleball?’
    • ‘Organizers say there will also be free-form recreational activities like hula hoops, sidewalk chalk art, street tennis, pickleball, jump rope and soccer games.’
    • ‘Pickleball will be available to those eighteen and older starting April 3rd!’
    • ‘I'm simply stopping by to lounge with a book in an Adirondack chair, and maybe, if I run into someone I know, play some pickleball!’
    • ‘The event included 1,356 men and women over age 50 competing in 22 sports - from pickleball all the way to rough-and-tumble rugby.’
    • ‘Many players come to pickleball as current or former tennis players.’
    • ‘No matter who's playing, pickleball requires much less power and speed than other racket sports.’
    • ‘The Family Y offers two full-size courts in the gym for pickleball from 9-11 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays.’
    • ‘Just when she thought her days of playing court games were over, someone suggested she give pickleball a try.’

Origin

1970s: from pickle + ball (the reason is uncertain).

Pronunciation

pickleball

/ˈpik(ə)lˌbôl/