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soccer

EnglishEdit

A game of soccer.
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EtymologyEdit

British English; Colloquial abbreviation for Association football, via abbreviation assoc. +‎ -er (slang suffix); earlier socca (1889), then socker (1891), with soccer attested 1895.

Compare contemporary rugger, from Rugby, and note vulgar connotations of analogous *asser if abbreviating on first syllable.[1]

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NounEdit

soccer (uncountable)

  1. (chiefly North America, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa) Association football, a game in which two teams of eleven players contend to get a round ball into their opponent's goal primarily by kicking the ball with their feet.

Usage noteEdit

  • "soccer" can still be used in Britain, hence the origin of the word.

SynonymsEdit

  • association football (UK, formal, rarely used)
  • football (ambiguous; this term may also refer to: American football, Australian Rules football, Canadian football, Gaelic football, Rugby League, Rugby Union)

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VerbEdit

soccer (third-person singular simple present soccers, present participle soccering, simple past and past participle soccered)

  1. (Australian rules football) To kick the football directly off the ground, without using one's hands.
    • 1990 Geoffrey Blainey, A Game of Our Own: The Origins of Australian Football, 2003, Black Inc. Publishing, p73.
      The rule seems to have encouraged players to soccer the ball along the ground.
    • 2008, John Devaney, Full Points Footy′s WA Football Companion, page 334,
      [] West Perth seemed on the verge of victory, only to succumb by 4 points after a soccered goal from Old Easts with less than half a minute remaining.
    • 2010 March 27, Michael Whiting, “Lions give Fev debut to remember”, AFL - The official site of the Australian Football League.
      Fevola showed the best and worst of his play after dropping a simple chest mark, only to regather seconds later and soccer the ball through from the most acute of angles.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ soccer” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).

FrenchEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • (Quebec) IPA(key): [sɔ.kɚ], [sɔ.kaœ̯ʁ]

NounEdit

soccer m (uncountable)

  1. (Canada, Quebec) soccer (association football)

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