ball·​er | \ ˈbȯ-lər How to pronounce baller (audio) \

Definition of baller

1 : an implement for shaping food into a ball or removing a core a melon baller
2 US, informal
a : 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
b : 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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Recent Examples on the Web All of which carves out more room in your budget for a truly baller bachelorette party. 1. Allure Editors, Allure, "24 Places to Shop Affordable Bridesmaid Dresses That Look Chic, Not Cheap," 4 Mar. 2020 An Owner's Take Owner: Derek Tam-Scott Model: 1991 500SL Mileage: 47,000 The R129 was a baller's car then and remains one now. Jason Cammisa, Car and Driver, "What To Buy: 1990–2002 Mercedes-Benz 500SL," 26 Apr. 2020 Backyard ballers and pickup warriors also seem to be passing their love of the game off to digital alternatives. Chris Morris, Fortune, "From NBA2K to eNASCAR, are e-sports the new, well, sports?," 9 Apr. 2020 This is parks and rec departments giving ballers the Dikembe Mutombo finger wag. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "Cities take drastic measures, like removing rims, to keep people from playing basketball on public courts," 31 Mar. 2020 All the talk at Roma is around a young trequartista called Nicolo Zaniolo, but the fact is the young starlet has been pushed out to the right-wing to accommodate this baller., "8 of the Best Serie A Players You May Not Have Heard of," 21 Sep. 2019 Over the weekend, anecdotal reports from researchers and doctors (and even high-profile ballers) around the world noted a strange connection between the sense of smell and affliction with COVID-19. Popular Science, "Losing your sense of smell could be a sign of COVID-19," 24 Mar. 2020 As a result, other stray digital ephemera are sucked into this eddying body—fashion photos of NBA baller Chris Paul, a random clip of someone’s dad—all of them in conversation with one another. Jason Parham, Wired, "Kesha, Lil Wayne, and Albums That Don't Need a Viral Hit," 14 Feb. 2020 These big-time ballers can take a bow: Minkah Fitzpatrick (Steelers), Mark Ingram III (Ravens), Ryan Tannehill, (Titans), Za’Darius Smith (Packers), Preston Smith (Packers), Tyrann Mathieu (Chiefs), Carlos Hyde (Texans), Justin Houston (Colts). Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "Opinion: From Lamar Jackson to Antonio Brown, highlighting best and worst of 2019 NFL season," 27 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of baller

circa 1586, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Baller.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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