cheat·​er ˈchē-tər How to pronounce cheater (audio)
plural cheaters
: one who cheats: such as
: 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
: 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
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

Examples of cheater in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Second, schools should stop relying on A.I. detector programs to catch cheaters. Kevin Roose, New York Times, 24 Aug. 2023 Developers are still struggling to kick these types of cheaters out of games. Tom Warren, The Verge, 3 Aug. 2023 As with the rise of any lucrative industry, cheaters have emerged. C. Brandon Ogbunu, WIRED, 11 Aug. 2023 Officers are used to catching cheaters in the carpool lane, Horner said. Sonja Sharp, Los Angeles Times, 6 Aug. 2023 Smith despised cheater aristocrats and oligarchs, by the way. WIRED, 6 July 2023 Interacting with one of these decoys will waste time and end in frustration for the cheater. Matthew Humphries, PCMAG, 30 June 2023 Nearly six years on from the FBI arresting college basketball coaches and the NCAA vowing to root out the cheaters, the relative wrist-tap given to Will Wade on Thursday is worth far more amusement than outrage. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, 22 June 2023 But if cheaters using AI instead produce data that satisfies what a researcher is looking for, studies may need to be redesigned or conducted offline. Caitlin Harrington, WIRED, 7 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1606, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of cheater was in 1606

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“Cheater.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

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