ballplayer

[bawl-pley-er]

Origin of ballplayer

First recorded in 1610–20; ball1 + player
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ballplayer

noun
  1. a player, esp in soccer, with outstanding ability to control the ball
  2. US and Canadian a baseball player, esp a professional
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Word Origin and History for ballplayer
n.

mid-15c., from ball (n.1) + player.

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