baller

noun ball·er \ ˈbȯ-lər \
Updated on: 1 Dec 2017

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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First Known Use of baller

circa 1586


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