Etymology
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softball (n.)

baseball of larger than usual size, used in a scaled-down version of the game, 1914, from soft + ball (n.1). The game itself so called from 1916, also known as playground baseball. The word earlier was a term in sugar candy making (1894). Softball question, one that is easy to answer, is attested from 1976.

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Definitions of softball

softball (n.)
ball used in playing softball;
Synonyms: playground ball
softball (n.)
a game closely resembling baseball that is played on a smaller diamond and with a ball that is larger and softer;
Synonyms: softball game
From wordnet.princeton.edu