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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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 Meanwhile, the leading ballers in the game were on hand for the ceremony, which recognized the best plays and players from the 2017-18 season. Lars Brandle, Billboard, "Watch Travis Scott Perform a Medley at 2018 NBA Awards," 26 June 2018 In late 2015, the baller wanted $2.975 million for it. Jose Lambiet, miamiherald, "Pro baseball player drops asking price $1 million for Beach penthouse," 17 May 2018 Good luck holding onto your affordable, super awesome babysitter whom the kids love when a parent offers to pay them more and tips like a baller. Sonja Haller, ajc, "How much should you pay a babysitter? It depends on where you live," 16 May 2018

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First Known Use of baller

circa 1586 , in the meaning defined at sense 2

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