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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Shop our favorite baller baby buys that will ensure your little ones will follow in Blue Ivy and Kulture‘s stylish footsteps. Nandi Howard, Essence, "5 Baller Baby Gifts Yung Miami And Cassie Would Love," 14 June 2019 Indeed, the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, whose annual symposium on baseball and American culture the town-ballers were attending, is testament to the lengths Americans have gone to to deny their national pastime’s foreign roots. The Economist, "Baseball and exceptionalism," 8 June 2019 If 2018 was about glam, 2019 is all about the boss — in a baller, double-dollar-sign kind of way. Elizabeth Denton, Allure, "Hairstylist Justine Marjan and Kitsch Launched a Second Round of Hair Accessories, and They’re Everything," 12 Mar. 2019 This week, Rih announced Fenty Beauty and CLF are officially joining forces for a special-edition shade of Fenty's baller Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter ($34). Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "Fenty Beauty's Diamond Ball-Out Killawatt Highlighter Is Rihanna's Most Glittering Charity Effort Yet," 24 July 2018 At the University of Florida, the prized baller got into bar fights, failed drug tests and was rumored to have been involved in a shooting. Don Oldenburg, USA TODAY, "James Patterson brings thriller approach to 'All-American' killer Aaron Hernandez's story," 22 Jan. 2018 But while the old-school baller is the title character, the film is firmly Howery’s vehicle. Tre'vell Anderson,, "'Get Out' breakout Lil Rel Howery takes the lead in 'Uncle Drew'," 28 June 2018 Writer Jay Longino and director Charles Stone III craft an underdog story around the character of Uncle Drew, a septuagenarian street baller invented and performed by 26-year-old Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving. Katie Walsh, kansascity, "In ‘Uncle Drew,’ NBA greats bring moves and charm to basketball underdog comedy," 28 June 2018 In addition to being a baller, Embiid is also known for his hilarious social media commentary and failed attempts to woo Rihanna on Twitter back in 2014. Bethany Ao,, "The Sixers are in the NBA playoffs: 'The Process' to becoming a fan," 12 Apr. 2018

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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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