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Futeball, Futbal(l, n. Also: fuitball, futtball, futbaw, fot-, football. [Late ME. fotebal (1486).] a. The game of football. b. The ball used in the game.a. 1424 Acts II. 5/2.
It is statut … that na man play at the fut ball vnder the payne of iiijd
1471 Ib. 100/1.
It is thocht expedient … at the futbal & golf be abusit in tym cummyng
1490 Irland Mir. fol. 339 b.
The ȝoung noblis … suld tak thar play … in the hand bow … and nocht in bowlis, fut ball, or sic playis
1540 Lynd. Sat. 3413.
I wait thair is nocht ane amang ȝow all, Mair ferilie can play at the futball
a1570-86 Maitl. F. cix. 47.
Quhone ȝoung men cwmis fra the grene At the futball playing had bene With brokin spald
1611 Fife Synod 21.
Menstrelling and futeball on the Sabbaoth day … expreslie dischargeit
1630 Kirkcaldy Presb. 7.
Compeirit David Lindsay … for alledgit playing at the futtball and caitch vpon the Sabbath day
b. 1491 Acts II. 226/2.
That in na place of the realme be vsit fut bawis, gouff, or vthir sic vnproffitable sportis
1497 Treas. Acc. I. 330.
Giffin to Jame Dog to by fut ballis to the King
1549 Annals Banff I. 26.
For the braking dovn of the sklattis of the kyrk, and glassin vindokis of the samyn be inordinatt playing with hand ball and fuit ball
1590 Crim. Trials I. 211.
He tuik ane thing lyke to ane fute-ball … and caist the same in the see

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