- a mass of snow packed together into a ball, esp. one made by hand as for throwing in fun
- any of various plants with snowball-like flowers; esp., a cultivated European cranberry bush (Viburnum opulus var. roseum) with spherical clusters of sterile, white or pinkish flowers
- to increase or accumulate rapidly and uncontrollably, like a ball of snow rolling down a snow-covered hill
- to throw snowballs
- to throw snowballs at
- to cause to increase or accumulate rapidly
- A mass of soft, wet snow packed into a ball that can be thrown, as in play.
- Any of several plants having rounded clusters of white flowers, especially certain cultivated viburnums.
- Chiefly Southern US A snow cone.
verbsnow·balled, snow·ball·ing, snow·balls
- To grow rapidly in significance, importance, or size: problems that snowballed by the hour.
- To throw snowballs.
- To cause to grow or increase rapidly.
- To throw snowballs at.
- A ball of snow, usually one made in the hand and thrown for amusement in a snowball fight; also a larger ball of snow made by rolling a snowball around in snow that sticks to it and increases its diameter.
- A cocktail made from lemonade and advocaat.
- (figuratively) Something that snowballs (grows rapidly out of control).
- A sex act involving passing ejaculated semen from one person's mouth to another's.
- (US) A type of ice dessert.
- A type of cake.
(third-person singular simple present snowballs, present participle snowballing, simple past and past participle snowballed)
- (intransitive) To rapidly grow out of proportion or control.
- The high unemployment rates quickly snowballed into a major budget problem for the government.
- (intransitive) To play at throwing snowballs.
- To pelt with snowballs; to throw snowballs at.
- (intransitive) (sexual slang) To receive a man's ejaculate in one's mouth, and then to pass it back and forth between one's mouth and his.