What does ball and chain mean?

Definitions for ball and chain

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word ball and chain.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. ball and chain(noun)

    heavy iron ball attached to a prisoner by a chain


  1. ball and chain(Noun)

    A heavy iron ball attached to a prisoner's leg by a chain as a means of restraint.

  2. ball and chain(Noun)

    One's wife, as a symbol of restraint.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ball and chain in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ball and chain in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Keith Nothacker:

    The blood alcohol monitoring devices used in legal and medical circles are big and bulky, like a ball and chain for the ones using it, we wanted to make something people would want to wear.

Images & Illustrations of ball and chain

  1. ball and chain


Find a translation for the ball and chain definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these ball and chain definitions with the community:

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:     


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"ball and chain." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2018. Web. 23 Feb. 2018. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/ball and chain>.

Are we missing a good definition for ball and chain? Don't keep it to yourself...

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for ball and chain:

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.