Definition of football in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ˈfo͝otˌbôl/


1A form of team game played in North America with an oval ball on a field marked out as a gridiron.
Example sentences
  • This marvellous facility is home to soccer, football and hurling clubs and a training ground for local athletes.
  • Who in their right mind would risk life and limb to referee a local soccer or football match?
  • Go outside with your kids and play in the snow or start a pickup basketball, hockey, soccer or football game.
1.1 British term for soccer.
1.2Play in a game of football, especially when stylish and entertaining: his team played some impressive football
More example sentences
  • Both teams like to get the ball on the deck and play through the midfield and that makes it entertaining football to watch.
  • Confidence was now running high for Molleran's and at last they began to show some of the stylish football that had taken them to the final.
  • The club reached its peak in the 1970s, when it gained a reputation for playing entertaining football.
2A ball used in football, either oval (as in American football) or round (as in soccer), typically made of leather or plastic and filled with compressed air.
Example sentences
  • But, when you are carrying one of the footballs or the soccer ball, you can be tackled.
  • No more flying footballs through the goal post to decide the outcome.
  • It was running the football, protecting the ball and forcing turnovers.
2.1A topical issue or problem that is the subject of continued argument or controversy: the use of education as a political football
More example sentences
  • Some people are seeking to use the issue as a football, rather than trying to find genuine solutions to the obvious difficulties.
  • What happens afterwards should focus on the football, not violence and other side issues.
  • Is a paper that outsells every other title in Scotland really capable of turning the serious issue of drugs into an election football?

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: foot·ball

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.