Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

ballpoint

[bawl-point]
See more synonyms for ballpoint on Thesaurus.com
noun
  1. a pen in which the point is a fine ball bearing that rotates against a supply of semisolid ink in a cartridge.
Show More

Origin of ballpoint

First recorded in 1945–50; ball1 + point
Also called ballpoint pen.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for ballpoint

Contemporary Examples

Historical Examples


British Dictionary definitions for ballpoint

ballpoint

ballpoint pen ball pen

noun
  1. a pen having a small ball bearing as a writing pointAlso called (Brit): Biro
Show More
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012