how to pronounce spitball


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the above transcription of spitball is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

spitball is pronounced in two syllables

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

“… just sort of spitball like education …”

meanings of spitball


  1. A balled-up piece of paper, moistened with saliva (by chewing) and shot through a drinking straw.
  2. A pitch of a baseball that has been partly covered with saliva, illegal at most levels.


  1. To moisten the ball with saliva before pitching it.
  2. To brainstorm ideas.

spitball frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word spitball occurs in english on average 0.1 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.

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