What does handball mean? handball. Noun 1. (uncountable) ; A team sport where two teams of seven players each (six players and a goalkeeper) ; pass and bounce a ball trying to throw it in the goal of the opposing team. 2. (countable) ; The medium-sized inflated ball used in this sport. 3. (countable, soccer) ; The offence of touching the ball with the hands. 4. (uncountable, US, Ireland) ; A sport in which players alternately strike the ball against a wall with their hand. Irish and American variants have slightly different rules. 5. (countable, US) ; The small rubber ball used in this sport. 6. (countable, Australian Rules Football) ; An act of passing a football by holding it with one hand and hitting it with the other. handball. Verb 1. To manually load or unload a container, trailer, or to otherwise manually move bulk goods (often on pallets) ; from one type of transport receptacle to another. 2. (soccer) ; To illegally touch the ball with the hand or arm. For example, If the defender handballs in the penalty area, a penalty is awarded. 3. (Australian Rules Football) ; To (legally) ; pass a football by holding it with one hand and hitting it with the other. 4. (sexuality, slang) ; To insert a hand into someone’s anus.