Definition of meatball in English:



  • 1A ball of minced or chopped meat.

    ‘pasta with spicy meatballs’
    • ‘The pasta dishes included rigatoni, fettuccine with meatballs as well as seafood and chicken versions, ranging from €9 to €14.’
    • ‘I'll have the chicken parm with spaghetti, meatballs and salad.’
    • ‘Steve had made spaghetti bolognese with meatballs, three different types of salad, garlic bread and plain old bread rolls.’
    • ‘There was sushi, chicken and corn soup, spaghetti and meatballs and a small bowl of mango pudding.’
    • ‘And if remember correctly Kate, spaghetti and meatballs was a favourite dish of yours as well.’
    • ‘I ordered a starter spaghetti with organic meatballs and fresh basil for €8.’
    • ‘Gwen grabbed a bowl and began to scoop meatballs and spaghetti into it.’
    • ‘Well I hope you like spaghetti and meatballs, because that is what we're having.’
    • ‘We were having spaghetti and meatballs Lola style.’
    • ‘Actually, his spaghetti and meatballs looked edible.’
    • ‘Dale shrugged his shoulders and went back to his spaghetti and meatballs.’
    • ‘There was a large bowl of spaghetti, a dish of meatballs and tomato sauce, and another side dish of long breadsticks.’
    • ‘The noodles were drenched in salsa and the meatballs too.’
    • ‘Gerrard cuts through one of the small meatballs.’
    • ‘The meatballs struck a tasty cord with both of us, as did the cubes of potatoes, but again I had issues with the tomato sauce.’
    • ‘The tray of juicy meatballs was empty, save one, lonerised portion, so naturally I decided to save it from being the rejected meatball.’
    • ‘Jack smiled and produced a little bag of cheese and meatballs.’
    • ‘I brought them water and bread, corn flakes and candles, or meatballs.’
    • ‘Jackson leaned over, spearing one of Sam's leftover meatballs with his fork.’
    • ‘Christina followed her to a room with a table piled high with cold cuts, meatballs, and cheese.’
  • 2North American informal A dull or stupid person.

    ‘he was a friendly meatball who had a smile and a handshake for everybody’
    • ‘Get out of here, meatball, before you join Jessica in the pool, permanently.’
    idiot, ass, halfwit, nincompoop, blockhead, buffoon, dunce, dolt, ignoramus, cretin, imbecile, dullard, moron, simpleton, clod