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 Here, at the tail end of his long experiment in deficiency, Cuomo resembles nothing more keenly than the inadequate tee-baller who gets to stay in past eight or nine strikes because his uncle coaches the team. Charles C. W. Cooke, National Review, 7 June 2021 Up until a few years ago, brandy was categorized into two camps: bottom-shelf swill and baller-preferred Cognacs. Kate Dingwall, Forbes, 1 June 2021 The top of the ring features the name of Drake’s team, NTIG, while the side features each baller’s number. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 17 May 2021 Nothing could have prepared Sonequa Martin-Green for her new baller gig. Derek Lawrence,, 12 Mar. 2021 Loyd, fresh off a second W.N.B.A. championship with the Seattle Storm, is that type of baller. New York Times, 27 Feb. 2021 The remaining big-baller sedans are from either Korea—from Genesis and Kia—or Europe. Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, 12 Dec. 2020 Trump preaches the gospel of prosperity: a combination of a baller’s paean to bottle service and a recent convert’s confidence that his God is better than everyone else’s God. Robin Givhan, Washington Post, 4 Nov. 2020 Oakley departed too soon, before the baller could really start balling. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, 23 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of baller

circa 1586, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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10 Jun 2021

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“Baller.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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