cheat·​er | \ ˈchē-tər How to pronounce cheater (audio) \
plural cheaters

Definition of cheater

1 : one who cheats: such as
a : one who violates rules dishonestly a cheater at cards tax cheaters That presumably includes pitchers who suspect they've given up home runs to players who cheat and batters who suspect they're being outhit by cheaters.— Chris Jenkins … if the tests use the same questions day after day for months, they are much more vulnerable to cheaters who can memorize the questions.— Douglas Frantz
b : one who is sexually unfaithful Her boyfriend turned out to be a cheater and a liar. Although Bartolomeo, 36, has written another tale of infidelity, the unfaithful here is our narrator, Diana Campanella. A woman. All the cheaters in this book are women—and none of the men are evil.— Valerie Franke
2 cheaters plural, US slang : eyeglasses, spectacles "Joe and I blow in there to see if there's anything for us, and there's a tall guy in tortoiseshell cheaters sitting in Ike's office."— P. G. Wodehouse especially, in current use : eyeglasses used for reading or close work I needed my cheaters to read the menu. Despite considerable research efforts into this condition [presbyopia], becoming increasingly prevalent as the population enjoys greater longevity, no simple treatment beyond bifocals or reading glasses ("cheaters") exists. — Terrence P. O'Brien

First Known Use of cheater

1606, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Cheater.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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