ball·​play·​er | \ ˈbȯl-ˌplā-ər How to pronounce ballplayer (audio) \

Definition of ballplayer

: a person who plays ball especially : a baseball player

Examples of ballplayer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To Ortiz, that was just part of being a ballplayer. Jimmy Golen, Hartford Courant, 11 July 2022 Around 2001, Nix started using his professional sports contacts to build a gambling business, developing a client list that included unnamed professional athletes, the former ballplayer admitted in court papers. Austin Knoblauchassistant Editor, Los Angeles Times, 31 Mar. 2022 To the Dodgers, no young ballplayer found by Mr. Brito was more important than Valenzuela, a chunky left-hander with a devastating screwball who looked to the sky before delivering each pitch. Richard Sandomir,, 9 July 2022 This seems like a perfect opportunity for MLB to step up again to honor its most significant ballplayer and, hopefully, boost waning interest in the national pastime among Black Americans. Paul Newberry, Baltimore Sun, 15 Apr. 2022 And some are girlfriends hoping to one day become a ballplayer’s wife. oregonlive, 23 May 2022 In the show, Chanté Adams plays Max Chapman, a young Black ballplayer with similar dreams of stardom. Devan Coggan,, 13 May 2022 Nothing about being the first Black ballplayer of the twentieth century. Los Angeles Times, 14 Apr. 2022 However, as Payne revealed Wednesday, a caring boss at the Belle Maison East saw championship potential in Payne — not as a ballplayer, but as a man and a father who had much more to contribute to his family and community. Scott Talley,, 19 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of ballplayer

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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1 Aug 2022

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“Ballplayer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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