Definition of football in English:



  • 1mass noun Any of various forms of team game involving kicking (and in some cases also handling) a ball, in particular (in the UK) soccer or (in the US) American football.

    as modifier ‘a football club’
    ‘a football match’
    • ‘This marvellous facility is home to soccer, football and hurling clubs and a training ground for local athletes.’
    • ‘Who in their right mind would risk life and limb to referee a local soccer or football match?’
    • ‘Go outside with your kids and play in the snow or start a pickup basketball, hockey, soccer or football game.’
    • ‘Like any good football team, America needed a good offense and a good defense during the war.’
    • ‘The hurling and football teams were reasonably successful but it was on the soccer field that Cork shone.’
    • ‘The soccer and football games that were scheduled were cancelled after consultation with the visiting American teams.’
    • ‘So he asked if I could handle the Elmwood football game, since I was a sports reporter for my college paper.’
    • ‘I didn't want to have to contend with soccer and Pop Warner football games.’
    • ‘When I was 16 years old, my Mississippi high school football team had a game in New Orleans.’
    • ‘The football team had two games this week-one of Tuesday and the other on Friday.’
    • ‘One piece of clothing comes off every time the University of Kentucky football team wins a game.’
    • ‘Every good team needs a good leader, and every good football team needs a leader at quarterback.’
    • ‘Notre Dame isn't even the best private-school football team in America anymore.’
    • ‘The Shapiro model is something Ohio's professional football teams should follow.’
    • ‘Rather than just running the ball, it's one of the other things I can do to help out this football team.’
    • ‘For the first time, a female player played for a major college football team.’
    • ‘The way Mike dealt with his injury was the turning point for our football team.’
    • ‘I got the feeling later that day and the next that Parcells likes the looks of his football team.’
    • ‘He brings a lot of presence as an individual, and he's a great addition to our football team.’
    1. 1.1The playing of football, especially in a stylish and entertaining way.
      ‘his team played some impressive football’
      • ‘Both teams like to get the ball on the deck and play through the midfield and that makes it entertaining football to watch.’
      • ‘Confidence was now running high for Molleran's and at last they began to show some of the stylish football that had taken them to the final.’
      • ‘The club reached its peak in the 1970s, when it gained a reputation for playing entertaining football.’
      • ‘Despite the poor conditions both sides served up some entertaining football, a draw being a fair result.’
      • ‘A gale force wind spoiled any chance of entertaining football at Station Park as Forfar broke their duck at home this season.’
      • ‘There is, and always has been, a tradition of entertaining football at Celtic which I'm sure will never change.’
      • ‘The point he is making is that fans come to see entertaining and creative football played by motivated players.’
      • ‘We aren't filling the ground and that's disappointing because we are playing such entertaining football.’
      • ‘They played some entertaining football and looked the better side for the first half hour.’
      • ‘Albion were well worth their advantage at that stage having played some impressive passing football without reward in the first half.’
      • ‘While it was heavy going underfoot, both teams worked hard and provided some entertaining football.’
      • ‘They blooded some new players and over the season they provided some wonderful entertainment and brilliant football.’
      • ‘But red cards and bravado aside, there was plenty of good football played and entertainment provided too.’
      • ‘Their football has been fast and stylish; their scoring impressive.’
      • ‘The game produced a wealth of good football with plenty of entertainment and wholehearted effort form both teams.’
      • ‘These were very entertaining games with some excellent displays of football from all sides.’
      • ‘This was a very entertaining game with both sides playing some great football.’
      • ‘Two great goals with a sprinkling of sparkling football at times lit up an entertaining opening 45 minutes.’
      • ‘He made little impression in the opening half when Real played some spectacular football in the middle of the pitch.’
      • ‘But it was always entertaining and pulsating, with some excellent football played by both sides.’
  • 2A ball used in football, either round (as in soccer) or oval (as in rugby and American football) and typically made of leather or plastic and filled with compressed air.

    • ‘But, when you are carrying one of the footballs or the soccer ball, you can be tackled.’
    • ‘No more flying footballs through the goal post to decide the outcome.’
    • ‘It was running the football, protecting the ball and forcing turnovers.’
    • ‘Using a volleyball instead of a football reduces the chances a player will break a finger.’
    • ‘We all kind of played water polo with a football and then Lindsay insisted that we hang out in the spa with Logan and Taylor.’
    • ‘Also look for Drew Bledsoe, who signed a huge contract this offseason, to fill the autumn air with footballs.’
    • ‘They want to run the football and keep the ball away from the other team.’
    • ‘The QB rarely will pick up a football until training camp and will play sparingly in the preseason.’
    • ‘Fluffy clouds dotted the sky and children threw footballs around outside.’
    • ‘We went inside, stuffed our faces, and then went back outside to throw the football around.’
    • ‘Others kick back on cots and read, while outside a football is tossed in a friendly game of catch.’
    1. 2.1A topical issue that is the subject of continued argument or controversy.
      ‘the use of education as a political football’
      • ‘Some people are seeking to use the issue as a football, rather than trying to find genuine solutions to the obvious difficulties.’
      • ‘What happens afterwards should focus on the football, not violence and other side issues.’
      • ‘Is a paper that outsells every other title in Scotland really capable of turning the serious issue of drugs into an election football?’
  • 3

    (also nuclear football)
    A briefcase containing authentication codes and other items that allow the US president to authorize a nuclear strike at any time.

    ‘wherever the president travels, a military aide stays close with the football’
    ‘whose fingers would we prefer to have on America's nuclear football?’