ball·​car·​ri·​er ˈbȯl-ˌker-ē-ər How to pronounce ballcarrier (audio)
: a football player who carries the ball on offense

Examples of ballcarrier in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While Chris Rodriguez, the third-leading rusher in UK history, is moving on, the Wildcats will turn to Davis to be their primary ballcarrier this fall. Ryan Black, The Courier-Journal, 17 Apr. 2023 The lone scoring play of the regular scrimmage game on a 38-yard touchdown run by Bryan Hill, who led all ballcarriers with 50 yards on four carries. Creg Stephenson |, al, 16 Apr. 2023 Can disengage and find ballcarrier. oregonlive, 4 May 2021 Cunningham was not the intended ballcarrier on the touchdown, however, but fumbled the snap before picking it up and powering his way into the end zone. Creg Stephenson |, al, 4 Feb. 2023 White was on the field when Hamlin collapsed, chasing the same ballcarrier Hamlin tackled at the exact wrong moment. Adam Kilgore, Anchorage Daily News, 8 Jan. 2023 The Cardinals will run into a powerful ballcarrier Monday night in Patriots’ second-year pro Rhamondre Stevenson, who looks even bigger than his 6-foot, 230-pound frame. Bob McManaman, The Arizona Republic, 9 Dec. 2022 Huriel Calice, a 6-foot-2, 245-pound senior linebacker,recorded several hits that evoked roars from the crowd, including two that resulted in the separation of an opposing ballcarrier from his head gear. Cam Kerry,, 17 Sep. 2022 On the first play of that drive, however, Owen Brady broke through the line and punched the ball loose from a Corona del Mar ballcarrier and it was recovered by Nolan Reid at the 50-yard line with 7:07 remaining. Devin Ugland, Los Angeles Times, 9 Sep. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1856, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ballcarrier was in 1856

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Cite this Entry

“Ballcarrier.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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ball·​car·​ri·​er ˈbȯl-ˌkar-ē-ər How to pronounce ballcarrier (audio)
: a football player who carries the ball on offense
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