Definition of googly in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡuːɡli/

noun (plural googlies)

An off break bowled with an apparent leg-break action: you are going to bowl some amazing googlies
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  • 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.

  • One way to bowl a maiden over in cricket is to deliver a googly, a deceptive ball which bounces in the opposite direction from the expected one. The word is first recorded in 1903, but beyond that nothing is known about its origin. The Australian term for a googly, bosie, comes from the name of the English cricketer Bernard Bosanquet (1877–1936).

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