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

Examples of baller in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The owner, Dario Cecchini, fell in love with DiLiegro’s hands and invited the baller to stay with him during the off-season. Los Angeles Times, 5 Aug. 2022 That helps a pitching staff anchored by the potent left-right tandem of Max Fried and Wright – both potential All-Stars – and improved by the promotion to the rotation of rookie fire-baller Stephen Strider. Dan Schlossberg, Forbes, 13 June 2022 The baller also became the second player in WNBA and NBA history to record a triple-double with at least 30 points, commit zero turnovers and shoot at least 75% from the field, according to ESPN Stats & Information research. Anna Lazarus Caplan,, 7 July 2022 The five-time NBA champion played for the Los Angeles Lakers from 1996 until 2016, won the Most Valuable Player award in 2008, and earned a spot on the NBA's All-Star team in 18 of his 20 seasons as a professional baller. Jasmine Washington, Seventeen, 1 June 2022 Epps returns to his native Indianapolis and reflects on his days as a bad baller and worse drug dealer, as well as fond memories of his parents. Rodney Ho, ajc, 27 Mar. 2022 Her note to the press felt unapologetic, and baller. Raven Smith, Vogue, 18 Feb. 2022 The greatest gymnast of all time and her NFL baller beau certainly understood the assignment. Victoria Uwumarogie, Essence, 22 Jan. 2022 Despite the hurtful jab, Rittenhouse does not plan to sue the famous baller, Blaze reported. Rebecca Rosenberg, Fox News, 7 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of baller

circa 1586, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of baller was circa 1586

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9 Aug 2022

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“Baller.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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