softball etymology

English word softball comes from English soft, English ball

Detailed word origin of softball

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
soft English (eng) A soft or foolish person; an idiot. (UK, colloquial) Foolish.. (UK, of a man) Effeminate.. (linguistics) Voiced; sonant.. (linguistics, Slavic languages) palatalized. (linguistics, rare) voiceless. (of a person) Physically or emotionally weak.. (of a sound) Quiet.. (of cloth or similar material) Smooth and flexible; not rough, rugged, or harsh.. (of water) Low in dissolved calcium [...]
ball English (eng) (anatomy) The front of the bottom of the foot, just behind the toes.. (ballistics) A solid, spherical nonexplosive missile for a cannon, etc.. (cricket) A single delivery by the bowler, six of which make up an over.. (farriery, historical) A large pill, a form in which medicine was given to horses; a bolus.. (mathematics) The set of points in a metric space lying within a given distance (the [...]
softball English (eng) (by analogy) A question designed to be easy to answer.. A game similar to baseball but played with a larger and softer ball which can be thrown overhand or underhand.. The ball used to play the sport.

Words with the same origin as softball

Descendants of soft
hardware silverware