AskDefine | Define ballplayer

Dictionary Definition

ballplayer n : an athlete who plays baseball [syn: baseball player]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. An athlete, usally a basketball, baseball, or football player.

Extensive Definition

A ball game is a game played with a ball. Someone who plays a ball game is known as a ballplayer.
There are many popular games or sports involving some type of ball or similar object. These games can be grouped by the general objective of the game, sometimes indicating a common origin either of a game itself or of its basic idea:
  • Bat-and-ball games, such as baseball, cricket and golf.
  • Two-goal games, such as basketball and all forms of football, hockey or lacrosse.
  • Volleying games, such as volleyball and tennis.
  • "Target" games, such as bowling and lotball.
  • The original "Ball Game", whose objective is to keep the ball constantly moving but not allowing it to bounce twice upon the ground without being struck between bounces.
  • And so on.
ballplayer in Persian: بازی توپی
ballplayer in Catalan: Esport de pilota
ballplayer in Korean: 구기
ballplayer in Icelandic: Boltaíþrótt
ballplayer in Norwegian: Ballsport
ballplayer in Finnish: Pallopeli
ballplayer in Chinese: 球類運動

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

amateur athlete, archer, athlete, baseballer, baseman, batter, battery, blocking back, bowman, catcher, center, coach, competitor, cricketer, defensive lineman, end, footballer, games-player, gamester, guard, infielder, jock, jumper, lineman, offensive lineman, outfield, outfielder, player, poloist, professional athlete, pugilist, quarterback, racer, skater, sport, sportsman, tackle, tailback, toxophilite, wingback, wrestler
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