See also: Football, foot-ball, and foot ball

  • 1 English
    • 1.1 Alternative forms
    • 1.2 Etymology
    • 1.3 Pronunciation
    • 1.4 Noun
      • 1.4.1 Hyponyms
      • 1.4.2 Derived terms
      • 1.4.3 Related terms
      • 1.4.4 Descendants
      • 1.4.5 Translations
    • 1.5 Verb
    • 1.6 See also
    • 1.7 Further reading
    • 1.8 References
  • 2 French
    • 2.1 Etymology
    • 2.2 Pronunciation
    • 2.3 Noun
      • 2.3.1 Synonyms
    • 2.4 Further reading
  • 3 Interlingua
    • 3.1 Etymology
    • 3.2 Noun
  • 4 Middle English
    • 4.1 Noun
  • 5 Portuguese
    • 5.1 Noun

English[edit]

A football used for association footballA football used for American football

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English footbal, foteball, equivalent to foot +‎ ball, which may refer to the act of kicking a ball with the feet. The name for the briefcase is a play on “dropkick”, the code name of an early version of the nuclear war plan.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈfʊtbɔl/
    • IPA(key): [ˈfʊʔtbɔɫ], [ˈfʊʔt̚bɔɫ]
  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈfʊtbɔːl/
    • IPA(key): [ˈfʊʔt̚bɔːl], [ˈfʊʔtʰbɔːl], [ˈfʊʔbɔːl]
  • (Canada) IPA(key): /ˈfʊtbɑl/
  • Audio (AU)

Noun[edit]

(countable and uncountable, plural footballs)

  1. (general) A sport played on foot in which teams attempt to get a ball into a goal or zone defended by the other team.

    Roman and medieval football matches were more violent than any modern type of football.

  2. (Britain, uncountable) Association football: a game in which two teams each contend to get a round ball into the other team’s goal primarily by kicking the ball. Known as soccer in Canada, the United States, Australia, and New Zealand. Synonyms: see Thesaurus:football

    Each team scored three goals when they played football.

  3. (US, uncountable) American football: a game played on a field of 100 yards long and 53 1/3 yards wide in which two teams of 11 players attempt to get an ovoid ball to the end of each other’s territory. Synonyms: see Thesaurus:football

    Each team scored two touchdowns when they played football.

  4. (Canada, uncountable) Canadian football: a game played on a played on a field of 110 yards long and 65 yards wide in which two teams of 12 players attempt to get an ovoid ball to the end of each other’s territory. Synonyms: see Thesaurus:football

    They played football in the snow.

  5. (Australia, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania, Northern Territory, uncountable) Australian rules football. Synonyms: see Thesaurus:football
  6. (Ireland, uncountable) Gaelic football: a…

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