from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One that bowls, as in cricket or bowling.
  • n. A derby hat.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who engages in the sport of bowling.
  • n. The player currently bowling.
  • n. A player selected mainly for his bowling ability.
  • n. The pitcher.
  • n. A bowler hat; a round black hat formerly popular among British businessmen.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who plays at bowls, or who rolls the ball in cricket or any other game.
  • n. A derby hat.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A workman who shapes the bowl of a spoon.
  • n. One who makes bowls.
  • n. One who plays at bowls.
  • n. In cricket, the player who bowls or serves the ball; the pitcher.
  • n. [⟨ bowl, n., + -er.] A lowcrowned stiff felt hat; a “billycock.” Also bowler-hat.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a cricketer who delivers the ball to the batsman in cricket
  • n. a felt hat that is round and hard with a narrow brim
  • n. a player who rolls balls down an alley at pins


Probably from bowl2.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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