how to pronounce handball


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handball is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of handball in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… you know handball when we were 12 anyway …”

meanings of handball


  1. The offence of a player other than the goalkeeper touching the ball with the hand or arm on the field during play.
  2. An act of passing a football by holding it with one hand and hitting it with the other.
  3. A schoolyard game in which a tennis ball is struck with the hand, played on a improvised court on the asphalt or pavement.
  4. The small rubber ball used in this sport.
  5. The medium-sized inflated ball used in this sport.
  6. A team sport where two teams of seven players each (six players and a goalkeeper) pass and bounce a ball trying to throw it in the goal of the opposing team.
  7. A sport in which players alternately strike the ball against a wall with their hand. Irish and American variants have slightly different rules.


  1. To insert a hand into someone's anus.
  2. To illegally touch the ball with the hand or arm.
  3. To (legally) pass a football by holding it with one hand and hitting it with the other.
  4. To manually load or unload a container, trailer, or to otherwise manually move bulk goods (often on pallets) from one type of transport receptacle to another.

handball frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word handball occurs in english on average 0.3 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics handball can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that handball can be often used in the following areas:

1) leisure and entertainment;

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