Definition of googly in English:


Syllabification: goog·ly
Pronunciation: /ˈɡo͞oɡlē

noun (plural googlies)

A ball bowled with a deceptive bounce.
More example sentences
  • Indeed, he could bowl the googly at about slow-medium pace and where, in exceptional conditions, the pitch dictated it, he could be a fine slow bowler.
  • He used to bowl two googlies, one from the top and one that he used to bowl from shoulder height.
  • Reports that he can no longer bowl the googly are wide of the mark: Graham Thorpe says Warne bowled him two on Wednesday in the County Championship match at the Rose Bowl.


early 20th century: of unknown origin.

Definition of googly in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day bogle
Pronunciation: ˈbōɡəl
a phantom or goblin