Here is your Navajo word series starting with jooł, which means ball in English.

In certain cases, the particle -jool is used to denote something that’s ball-like, or chunky.

Depending on the sport, the jooł is expanded to denote the activity. For example:

  • jooł iih nálniihí - basketball (in some cases, jooł nikídílniihí)
  • jooł yikalí - football
  • jooł yitalí - baseball
  • jooł nabíznítaałí - soccer

(Bonus: somewhere in our archives there’s a word that describes something chunky, almost ball-like, that uses the -jool particle)