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- a black ball bearing the number eight.
- a game in which one player or side must pocket all of either the solid-color balls or the striped ones before being permitted to attempt the pocketing of the eightball, which wins.
- Slang. an inept person.
- behind the eightball, Informal. in a difficult, disadvantageous, or uncomfortable situation: He hasn’t studied all term, and now he’s behind the eightball.