tennis
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /ˈtɛ.nɪs/
Noun

tennis (uncountable)

  1. (sports) A sport played by two players (or four in doubles), who alternately strike the ball over a net using racquets.
  2. (dated) A match in this sport.
    • 1918, Violet Hunt, The Last Ditch (page 95)
      We go about to parties in the daytime as usual, teas and tennises […]
  3. (obsolete) An earlier game in which a ball is driven to and fro, or kept in motion by striking it with a racquet or with the open hand.
    • 18, Thomas Babington Macaulay, chapter 11, in The History of England from the Accession of James the Second, volume (please specify ), London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, OCLC 1069526323 ↗:
Translations Verb

tennis (tennises, present participle tennising; past and past participle tennised)

  1. (intransitive, dated) To play tennis.
  2. (transitive) To drive backward and forward like a tennis ball.



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