Etymology
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handball (n.)

also hand-ball, mid-15c., "small ball, thrown or batted by hand," also the name of a game, from hand (n.) + ball (n.1). Originally a throwing and catching game popular before the use of bats or rackets. The modern sport of that name seems to be so called by 1885.

updated on May 14, 2015

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Definitions of handball from WordNet

handball (n.)
a small rubber ball used in playing the game of handball;
handball (n.)
a game played in a walled court or against a single wall by two or four players who strike a rubber ball with their hands;
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