noun Date: 1926 1. a sport similiar to baseball played on a small diamond with a ball that is larger than a baseball and that is pitched underhand; also the ball used in this game 2. a question requiring only an easy or simple response • softballer noun

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  • softball — ► NOUN ▪ a modified form of baseball played on a smaller field with a larger, softer ball …   English terms dictionary

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  • softball — /sawft bawl , soft /, n. 1. a form of baseball played on a smaller diamond with a larger and softer ball. 2. the ball itself. 3. something that can be easily dealt with: The confirmation committee threw her a softball on that question. [1925 30;… …   Universalium

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