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ball·​er ˈbȯ-lər How to pronounce baller (audio)
plural ballers
: an implement for shaping food into a ball or removing a core
a melon baller
US, informal
: an athlete who plays a sport that involves the use of a ball
especially : a basketball player
In '98, Kobe represented again as the youngest baller in history to play in an NBA All-Star game. Bobbito Garcia
: a wealthy and successful person who lives lavishly
The next day he received a stack of cards listing his name and a new title: Baller. That is hip hop for … a big shot.Amanda Schupak


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: excellent, exciting, or extraordinary especially in a way that is suggestive of a lavish lifestyle
… gangster films, unsurprisingly, offer up some of the finest examples of watches that offer no functions other than to look totally ballerAlfred Tong
For the Law Firm of Gary, Williams, Lewis, and Watson, P.I., "low-budget" is a concept that just doesn't exist. To the contrary, the firm wants to make it clear just how baller the life of a private injury attorney can be.Natasha Lydon

Examples of baller in a Sentence

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Suddenly, the baller shows up at their house, asking to become their partner. Madeleine Marr, Miami Herald, 29 May 2024 Granted, Beckham is a straight-up baller (the wide receiver is a three-time Pro Bowl selection who has started 97 NFL games, gossip watchers know him for something else. Madeleine Marr, Miami Herald, 3 May 2024 However, the comedian seems to think that this is overshadowed by the pro baller, 34, dating the pop star, also 34. Angel Saunders, Peoplemag, 2 May 2024 Walk-On’s CEO Chris Dawson, founder Brandon Landry, and the Kansas City Chiefs baller, 34, were also on hand to award the check. Angel Saunders, Peoplemag, 13 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for baller 

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Word History



derivative of baller entry 1

First Known Use


circa 1586, in the meaning defined at sense 2a


2003, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of baller was circa 1586

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“Baller.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

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