Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An outdoor game of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, generally played by women alone, but sometimes in company with men. See second quotation.
- n. An old English sport resembling cricket.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A kind of game with balls, formerly common in England, esp. with young women.
“They might have played stoolball, an old English sport that's similar to cricket, played with a ball and bat.”
“In the meantime, he tries quintain, a kind of jousting on foot, stoolball, dating from the 15th century and still played today, and jingling, where a man wearing bells is chased by a group of blindfolded women.”
“Ten years ago scriptwriter Valerie Chidson was studying some local history photographs-that included one of the village stoolball team (stoolball is said to be a forerunner of cricket).”
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