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tennis definition

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This page has 19 definitions of tennis with English translations in 11 languages. Tennis is a noun and verb. Also define these 15 related words and terms: sports, doubles, racquet, match, to and fro, open, hand, tennis, first person, singular, present tense, indicative mood, tennissen, imperative mood, and sneaker.

See also: Tennis

English tennis definition

Etymology

Old French tenez, second-person imperative of tenir (hold).

Pronunciation

Noun

tennis (usually uncountable, plural tennises)

  1. (sports) A sport played by two players (or four in doubles), who alternately strike the ball over a net using racquets.
    • 1935, George Goodchild, chapter 1, in Death on the Centre Court:
      “Anthea hasn't a notion in her head but to vamp a lot of silly mugwumps. She's set her heart on that tennis bloke [] whom the papers are making such a fuss about.”
    • Racquet definition
      Alternative form of racket (implement with a handle connected to a round frame)
  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 []
    • Match definition
      A competitive sporting event such as a boxing meet, a baseball game, or a cricket match. (1 of 11 match definitions)
  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.

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Verb

tennis (third-person singular simple present tennises, present participle tennising, simple past and past participle tennised)

  1. (intransitive, dated) To play tennis.
  2. (transitive) To drive backward and forward like a tennis ball.
    • 1633, Edmund Spenser, A Vewe of the Present State of Irelande  [], Dublin: [] Sir James Ware; reprinted as A View of the State of Ireland [], Dublin: [] the Society of Stationers, [] Hibernian Press,  [] By John Morrison, 1809:
      they shall have Intelligence or Espial upon the Enemy, will so drive him from one side to another, and tennis him amongst them

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Catalan tennis definition

Alternative forms

Etymology

From English tennis.

Pronunciation

Noun

tennis m (uncountable)

  1. tennis

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Danish tennis definition

Etymology

From English tennis.

Noun

tennis c (definite singular tennissen or tennisen)

  1. (uncountable, sports) tennis

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Dutch tennis definition

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈtɛ.nəs/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: ten‧nis

Etymology 1

Borrowed from English tennis.

Noun

tennis n (uncountable)

  1. tennis (sport)
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Etymology 2

See the etymology of the main entry.

Verb

tennis

  1. first-person singular present indicative of tennissen
    • Present Tense definition
      A grammatical tense whose principal function is to locate a situation or event in the present time.
    • Tennissen definition
      definite singular of tennis
  2. imperative of tennissen

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Estonian tennis definition

Noun

tennis (genitive tennise, partitive tennist)

  1. tennis

Finnish tennis definition

Etymology

From English tennis.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈtenːis/, [ˈt̪e̞nːis̠]
  • Rhymes: -enːis
  • Syllabification: ten‧nis

Noun

tennis

  1. tennis

Declension

Inflection of tennis (Kotus type 39/vastaus, no gradation)
nominative tennis tennikset
genitive tenniksen tennisten
tenniksien
partitive tennistä tenniksiä
illative tennikseen tenniksiin
singular plural
nominative tennis tennikset
accusative nom. tennis tennikset
gen. tenniksen
genitive tenniksen tennisten
tenniksien
partitive tennistä tenniksiä
inessive tenniksessä tenniksissä
elative tenniksestä tenniksistä
illative tennikseen tenniksiin
adessive tenniksellä tenniksillä
ablative tennikseltä tenniksiltä
allative tennikselle tenniksille
essive tenniksenä tenniksinä
translative tennikseksi tenniksiksi
instructive tenniksin
abessive tenniksettä tenniksittä
comitative tenniksineen
Possessive forms of tennis (type vastaus)
possessor singular plural
1st person tennikseni tenniksemme
2nd person tenniksesi tenniksenne
3rd person tenniksensä

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French tennis definition

Etymology

Borrowed from English tennis.

Pronunciation

Noun

tennis m (plural tennis)

  1. (usually uncountable) tennis
  2. (countable, Europe, dated) sneaker

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Icelandic tennis definition

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈtʰɛnːɪs/
  • Rhymes: -ɛnːɪs

Noun

tennis m (genitive singular tenniss, no plural)

  1. tennis

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Italian tennis definition

Etymology

From English tennis.

Noun

tennis m (invariable)

  1. tennis

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Further reading

  • tennis in Treccani.it – Vocabolario Treccani on line, Istituto dell'Enciclopedia Italiana

Norwegian Bokmål tennis definition

Noun

tennis m (definite singular tennisen) (uncountable)

  1. (sports) tennis

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Norwegian Nynorsk tennis definition

Noun

tennis m (definite singular tennisen) (uncountable)

  1. (sports) tennis

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Swedish tennis definition

Pronunciation

Noun

tennis c (definite singular tennisen)

  1. (uncountable, sports) tennis

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