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Etymology: Middle English 'bal', from Old Norse 'bollr' and akin to Old High German 'balla'; combined with the commin suffix 'er' denoting one that does or performs (a specified action)

Therefore, a baller is, literally, 'one who balls'

Other connotations of the word include:

(N)
1. One who exhibits a consistent proficency at-, or exuberant love for the game of basketball.
2. One whose person has been fully and successfully established in numerous social circles (esp. one who is extremely popular with both the male and female members of any given social group)
3. One whose status in society has been earned by one's possession of "game" (that is, proficiency at the game of life)

(Adj)
1. Exhibiting those qualitites of a baller; not limited to the description of a person, 'baller' may be used to describe any place, thing or situation.
(N)
1. "Kobe Bryant... now THAT kid's a baller"
2. "Wanna be a baller, shot caller, twenty inch blades on the impala, caller getting laid tonight..."
3. "Hey yo! Don't let nobody else up in this booth. I see nothing but gansters up in here, I see nothing but ballers up in here..."

(Adj)
1. "This Sh*t is baller"

Suburbanation of 'Baller':
"Wow, that man is really quite 'on the ball'."
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A person that makes shit happen. Without additional context, "baller" typically is assumed to imply demonstrated ability in generating prodigious amounts of cash money, and/or a proficiency with creating frequent and mind-blowing sexual opportunities (note the non-gender specific reference, implying that ballers can be men or women, gay or straight -- it is a matter of perspective).

In modern usage, baller does not refer to sports ability -- although the term is likely to have originated with basketball. Still, the reference to "game" is important to the definition of a baller. A baller must have game. A mad baller must have mad game. (Here, game is referenced according to the current definition (which pretty can mean pretty much anything, but generally refers to business, social relationships, or desired activities in general).

See also: Mad Baller; Game; Pimp; Rock Star
usage:

Cat 1: "That cat is a baller. He just (sold $1m of stock | bought a Ferrari | scored backstage access | flew first class | got on a bus full of supermodels | etc.)

Cat 2: "Yeah -- he's got game. Mad game."

Cat 1: "Agreed. He is a mad baller"

Cat 2: "Word."
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Appealing; cool; favorable; pimp; tight; anything that is good.
That is so damn baller!
by Keezy May 06, 2003
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Baller: n. (sometimes pronounced as balla) balling:v. (sometimes pronounced as ballin'): One who retains a questionable amount of wealth and is thoroughly comfortable flaunting it. The form of wealth commonly recognized is cash, although it can be lucratively displayed in other forms such as brand name cars, pricey watches, and women with greater scale of beauty than the "baller" him/herself. A baller may or may not produce wealth illegally. It is common that a more serious and dominative attitude is evident amongst this person. Usually this type of persona is taken on to compensate for a lack of confidence or a void that is unknown and developed during childhood.
Oh man he's so ballin'! Can I get that baller's number?
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Baller

1. A thug or OG that has hit big time.

2. An inner city ball player that has made it pro.

3. Someone who is not to be confused with a gangster or thug. This person may not be limited by race or size but simply by style and skill on the courts. These people usually wear athletic clothing like nike shorts and shirst and hightop basketball shoes like Nike Airs or T-macs.
1. Dude OG loc is a such a baller now that he was on entertaining america.

2. Dude Ron artest is a fuckin Baller, he once saw a guy get stabbed with a freakin table.

3. Guy 1: Dude Nick is a baller even though he is white.
Guy 2: yea his skills are redic, and his new Nike Huraches are sweet too.

Guy 1: But Donte is not a baller.

Guy 2: yea his skills are dusty and his Converse Chuck Taylors are even worse.
by Diamonds*mofucks** May 20, 2009
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