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 This is a ballplayer who brings us back to our childhood when the best pitcher often was the best hitter and the first kid picked for a game on the blacktop or sandlot. John Shea, San Francisco Chronicle, 27 May 2021 Joey Votto made a video for Jackson, himself a ballplayer. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 25 May 2021 And as Melvin was growing up, Mays, perhaps the greatest ballplayer ever, was starring for the Giants on a nearby big league diamond. Matt Kawahara, San Francisco Chronicle, 6 May 2021 The weight of such expectations can crush a ballplayer., 5 May 2021 Face it, Bill, Tatis is a great young ballplayer and the Dodgers lost to a very good team. Los Angeles Times, 1 May 2021 As a running back and ballplayer at Milford Mill High School, Jordan had options – Cleveland drafted him in the 20th round of the baseball draft – but eyes for just one school: Maryland. USA Today, 27 Apr. 2021 Lindor, however, is a different class of ballplayer. Tony Blengino, Forbes, 6 Apr. 2021 Having a ballplayer for a father can even help athletes who grow up to play other sports. Kevin Cook, WSJ, 3 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of ballplayer

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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14 Jun 2021

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“Ballplayer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of ballplayer

US : a baseball player


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