- a kind of baseball played with underhand pitching, a small infield, and usually four outfielders
- the ball used in playing softball: it is larger than a hardball
- a. A variation of baseball played on a smaller diamond with a larger, softer ball that is pitched underhand.b. The ball used in this game.
- A question, especially one posed during an interview or public forum, that is easy to answer and does not cause embarrassment: “Softballs aside, there have been a number of times when audience members asked substantive questions” ( Elisabeth Bumiller )