Name of Games Vocabulary in English

The Name of Sports List

Names of Sports and Games

Archery

Shooting with a bow and arrows, especially at a target as a sport.

Archery

/ˈɑːtʃəri/

Ex. My brother is an archery instructor.

Badminton

A game with rackets in which a shuttlecock is hit back and forth across a net.

Badminton

/ˈbadmɪnt(ə)n/

Ex. They play badminton with an orange.

Baseball

A ball game played with a bat and ball between two teams of nine players.

Baseball

/ˈbeɪsbɔːl/

Ex. A baseball player.

Basketball

A game played on a court by two opposing teams of 5 players.

Basketball

/ˈbɑːskɪtbɔːl/

Ex. We play basketball every day.

Billiards

A game for two people played on a billiard table.

Billiards

/ˈbɪljədz/

Ex. They had a game of billiards.

Bowling

The game of bowls as a sport or recreation.

Bowling

/ˈbəʊlɪŋ/

Ex. They play bowling games together.

Boxing

The sport or practice of fighting with the fists.

Boxing

/ˈbɒksɪŋ/

Ex. He’s good at boxing.

Car racing

Form of motor racing involving cars.

Car racing

/kɑːr ˈreɪsɪŋ/

Ex. The car racing up the street.

Climbing

The sport or activity of climbing mountains or cliffs.

Climbing

/ˈklʌɪmɪŋ/

Ex. Their other great interest was climbing, especially in the Alps.

Cricket

An open-air game played on a large grass field with a ball

Cricket

/ˈkrɪkɪt/

Ex. We play cricket at the weekend.

Curling

A game played on ice, especially in Scotland and Canada, in which large round flat stones are slid across the surface towards a mark.

Curling

/ˈkəːlɪŋ/

Ex. He met his friends at a curling club.

Cycling

The sport or activity of riding a bicycle.

Cycling

/ˈsʌɪklɪŋ/

Ex. He’s good at cycling.

Fencing

The sport of fighting with swords.

Fencing

/ˈfɛnsɪŋ/ 

Ex. Her brother is famous at fencing.

Figure skating

A type of skating in which you have to jump, spin, and move around the ice in a particular way.

Figure skating

 /ˈfɪɡjər skeɪtɪŋ/

Ex. She likes watching figure skating on TV.

Fishing

The activity of catching fish as a sport.

Fishing

 /ˈfɪʃɪŋ/

Ex. They’ve been doing a lot of fishing.

Fitness

Activities relating to keeping healthy and strong, especially through exercise.

Fitness

 /ˈfɪtnəs/

Ex. He needs to improve his fitness.

Football

A game played between two teams of eleven people.

Football

 /ˈfʊt.bɔːl/

Ex. He’s playing football.

Golf

A  game played outside on the grass in which each player tries to hit a small ball into a series of nine or 18 small holes, using a long, thin stick.

Golf

 /ɡɒlf/

Ex. He plays golf every day.

Gymnastics

Physical exercises and activities performed inside, often using equipment such as bars and ropes.

Gymnastics

 /dʒɪmˈnæs.tɪks/

Ex. the UK women’s gymnastics team.

Hang-gliding

The activity of flying through the air by hanging from a very small aircraft without an engine.

Hang-gliding

 /ˈhæŋˌɡlaɪ.dɪŋ/

Ex. He died in a hang-gliding accident.

Hockey

A game played on an ice rink by two opposing teams of six skaters.

Hockey

 /ˈhɒk.i/

Ex. Baseball, basketball, and hockey are all team sports.

Horse racing

The sport in which horses and their riders take part in races.

Horse racing

 /ˈhɔːs ˌreɪ.sɪŋ/

Ex. I spent too much money on horse racing.

Judo

A sport in which two people fight with their arms and legs.

Judo

 /ˈdʒud·oʊ/

Ex. Do they have some training in judo?

Karate

A sport, originally from Japan, in which people fight using their arms, legs, hands, and feet.

Karate

 /kəˈrɑː.ti/

Ex. I’m really into karate.

Rugby

A team game played with an oval ball that may be kicked, carried, and passed from hand to hand.

Rugby

 /ˈrʌɡ.bi/

Ex. They play rugby every Saturday.

Running

The activity of going somewhere quickly on foot, as a sport.

Running

/ˈrʌn.ɪŋ/

Ex. I bought running shoes.

Shooting

Any sport or activity in which guns are used.

Shooting

/ˈʃuː.tɪŋ/

Ex. He needs more practice at shooting.

Skateboarding

The activity or sport of riding a skateboard.

Skateboarding

/ˈskeɪtˌbɔː.dɪŋ/

Ex. Over time, skateboarding culture changed.

Surfing

A sport in which people ride over waves on surfboards.

Surfing

/ˈsɜː(r)fɪŋ/

Ex. We go surfing every weekend.

Table tennis

A game (trademark Ping-Pong) resembling tennis but played on a table with paddles and a light hollow ball.

Table tennis

/ˈteɪ.bəl ˌten.ɪs/

Ex. They love to play table tennis.

Tennis

A game played with rackets by two or four players who hit a ball back and forth over a net that divides the court.

Tennis

/ˈten.ɪs/

Ex. He was one of the best tennis players of his generation.

Volleyball

A game in which two teams hit an inflated ball over a high net using their hands.

Volleyball

/ˈvɒl.i.bɔːl/

Ex. She took three steps, then hit the volleyball.

Weightlifting

The activity of lifting heavy objects either as a sport or for exercise.

Weightlifting

/ˈweɪtˌlɪf.tɪŋ/

Ex. It has teams in basketball, football, baseball, weightlifting, swimming, and other sports.

Wrestling

A sport in which two people fight and try to throw each other to the ground.

Wrestling

/ˈres.lɪŋ/

Ex. He loves professional wrestling.

Yoga

A set of physical and mental exercises that are intended to give control over the body and mind.

Yoga

/ˈjəʊ.ɡə/

Ex. Yoga helps him to be calm.

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