Association of British Scrabble Players

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Now updated for CSW15. New words, if any, and new inflections of existing words, are shown in red.


airball in basketball, a shot that completely fails to touch the target.
backcourtman a guard on a basketball team.
ballhandling the art of handling the ball.
ballhawk a very good defensive ballplayer; (verb) to act as a ballhawk.
basketball a usually indoor court game between two teams of usually five players each who score by tossing an inflated ball through a raised goal.
courtside the area at the edge of a court (as for tennis or basketball).
downcourt in or into the opposing end of the court, as in basketball.
fallaway a shot in basketball made while moving away from the basket.
frontcourt a basketball team's offensive half of the court.
hoopster a basketball player.
iceball a game, similar to basketball, played by two teams on ice.
inbound to put a basketball in play from out of bounds.
jumpshot a type of shot in basketball.
korfball (Dutch) a basketball-like game played between two teams of six men and six women each.
layin a basketball score made by dropping the ball into the basket.
layup a shot in basketball.
rebounder a basketball player who is good at catching the ball as it rebounds from the backboard.
roundball a form of basketball.
shootaround an informal basketball practice or warmup before a game, during which players take turns shooting baskets.
swingman a basketball player who can play guard or forward.
upcourt up a basketball court.