Definition of Spitball

1. Noun. A projectile made by chewing a piece of paper and shaping it into a sphere.

Generic synonyms: Missile, Projectile



2. Noun. An illegal pitch in which a foreign substance (spit or Vaseline) is applied to the ball by the pitcher before he throws it.
Exact synonyms: Spitter
Generic synonyms: Delivery, Pitch

Definition of Spitball

1. n. Paper chewed, and rolled into a ball, to be thrown as a missile.

Definition of Spitball

1. Noun. (baseball) A pitch of a baseball that has been partly covered with saliva, illegal at most levels. ¹

2. Noun. A balled up piece of paper, moistened with saliva (by chewing) and shot through a drinking straw. ¹

3. Verb. To brainstorm ideas. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Spitball

1. a type of pitch in baseball [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Spitball

spit curl
spit curls
spit it out
spit of land
spit out
spit take
spit the dummy
spit up
spit wad
spit wads
spital
spitalhouse
spitalhouses
spitals
spitball (current term)
spitballed
spitballing
spitbox
spitboxes
spitbug
spitbugs
spitchcock
spitchcocked
spitchcocking
spitchcocks
spitcher
spite
spited

Literary usage of Spitball

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. How to Play Baseball: A Manual for Boys by John Joseph McGraw (1914)
""Ed" Walsh, the great spitball pitcher of the Chicago White Sox, ... In pitching the spitball, grip the ball so that neither the fingers nor the thumb touch ..."

2. Baseball Goes to War by William B. Mead (1998)
"Hubbard: A lot of umpires didn't know what in hell a spitball was, but it's a fast pitch and it's ... If the umpire says it's a spitball it's a spitball. ..."

3. Baseball Goes to War by William B. Mead (1998)
"Hubbard: A lot of umpires didn't know what in hell a spitball was, ... If the umpire says it's a spitball it's a spitbalL” Umpire says it's a strike it's a ..."

4. The Iron Puddler: My Life in the Rolling Mills and what Came of it by James John Davis (1922)
"I thought I could go through the motion of throwing a spitball without letting it go ... I forgive you for throwing the spitball, but I shall whip the smart ..."

5. The Iron Puddler: My Life in the Rolling Mills and what Came of it by James John Davis (1922)
"I thought I could go through the motion of throwing a spitball without letting it go ... I forgive you for throwing the spitball, but I shall whip the smart ..."

6. The Book of Athletics by Paul Withington (1914)
"That was the year in which Elmer Stricklett came to the White Sox from California and brought along with him the spitball. Walsh watched Stricklett and, ..."

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