from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A mass of soft, wet snow packed into a ball that can be thrown, as in play.
  • n. Chiefly Southern U.S. A cup of crushed or shaved ice flavored with colored syrup.
  • n. Any of several plants having rounded clusters of white flowers, as the guelder rose and certain species of the arrowwood.
  • intransitive v. To grow rapidly in significance, importance, or size: problems that snowballed by the hour.
  • intransitive v. To throw snowballs.
  • transitive v. To cause to grow or increase rapidly.
  • transitive v. To throw snowballs at.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A ball of snow, usually one made in the hand and thrown for amusement in a snowball fight; also a larger ball of snow made by rolling a snowball around in snow that sticks to it and increases its diameter.
  • n. A cocktail made from lemonade and advocaat.
  • n. Something that snowballs (grows rapidly out of control).
  • n. A sex act involving passing ejaculated semen from one person's mouth to another's.
  • v. To rapidly grow out of proportion or control.
  • v. To play at throwing snowballs.
  • v. (sexual slang) To receive a man's ejaculate in one's mouth, and then to pass it back and forth between one's mouth and his.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A round mass of snow pressed or roller together, or anything resembling such a mass.
  • n. The Guelder-rose.
  • n. a shrub of the genus Viburnum, having large clusters of white flowers.
  • intransitive v. To throw snowballs.
  • intransitive v. To increase in magnitude at an accelerating rate, achieving large proportions; -- by analogy with a snowball rolling down a steep hill, causing a large snow slide.
  • transitive v. To pelt with snowballs; to throw snowballs at.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To pelt with snowballs.
  • To throw snowballs.
  • n. A ball of snow; a round mass of snow pressed or rolled together.
  • n. The cultivated form of the shrub Viburnum Opulus; the guelder-rose.
  • n. In cookery:
  • n. A pudding made by putting rice which has been swelled in milk round a pared and cored apple, tying up in a cloth, and boiling well.
  • n. White of egg beaten stiff and put in spoonfuls to float on the top of custard.
  • n. Rice boiled, pressed into shape in a cup, and variously served.
  • n. A delicate pudding steamed in a mold, then rolled in powdered sugar, and served with wine sauce.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. snow pressed into a ball for throwing (playfully)
  • v. increase or accumulate at a rapidly accelerating rate
  • n. plant having heads of fragrant white trumpet-shaped flowers; grows in sandy arid regions
  • n. ball of ice cream covered with coconut and usually chocolate sauce
  • n. ball of crushed ice with fruit syrup
  • v. throw snowballs at


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English snowball, snawball, equivalent to snow +‎ ball.


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