One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nountrademark in US
1A light perforated ball used in a type of baseball.
- ‘It's part of the plan, you know - such as when Bonner wanted to work on his post moves and had his sister, Becky, take swings at his legs with a Wiffle ball bat while she guarded him.’
- ‘Woolworth stores soon placed orders, and Wiffle balls have been sailing through backyards and thwacking garages ever since.’
- ‘Each year, more and more tournaments using patented Wiffle balls or similar orbs are being staged as the game's popularity expands.’
- ‘But as identifiable as the bright yellow Wiffle bats and the bright white Wiffle balls may be, they are only a part of Wiffle's lasting appeal.’
- ‘Eternal Reefs mixes funeral ashes (declared a concrete additive by the Environmental Protection Agency in 1999) with cement, then molds them into a giant, hollow sphere resembling a Wiffle ball.’
- 1.1mass noun A game played with a Wiffle ball.
- ‘I bought a big house so I could throw a football and play Wiffle ball in it, rather than show it off.’
- ‘When you're young and playing Wiffle ball, it's one thing.’
- ‘However, most of the articles and essays are generally public-friendly, with great discussions on the merits of Wiffle ball, urban sclerosis and the moral transition of the office family portrait.’
- ‘My earliest baseball memories are of a nighttime Mets game when I was four or five and of playing Wiffle ball on the sidewalk around that time.’
- ‘Whether it's an impromptu game of Wiffle ball in the hallway, a random putting contest on the carpet or a quick game of Ping-Pong on a makeshift table, there's rarely a dull moment inside the Time-Life Building.’
1950s: Wiffle, variant of whiffle.
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