One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.’
1970s: from pickle + ball (the reason is uncertain).
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