day trader


: a speculator who seeks profit from the intraday fluctuation in the price of a security or commodity by completing double trades of buying and selling or selling and covering during a single session of the market
day-trade noun or verb

Examples of day trader in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This last period is marked by fearless behavior, the entry into the market of unskilled day traders and, ominously, the likelihood of a coming crash. Alex Traub, New York Times, 30 Aug. 2023 Many would-be day traders are about to start paying their student loans again. Amina Niasse, WSJ, 12 Aug. 2023 Short sellers, day traders, shares of struggling companies soaring improbably higher: The market right now has all the elements of an old-fashioned meme-stock rally. Hannah Miao, WSJ, 5 Aug. 2023 Bed Bath & Beyond has wrapped up its liquidation sale and GameStop is losing executives, so the meme stock crowd is on the hunt for the next big investment for day traders who source their investments largely from Reddit—and may have found it in the kitchen cabinet. Bychris Morris, Fortune, 31 July 2023 Kole at the nearby Jiffy baking-mix plant; Dawson Brown, his cousin, as a landscaper; and Richie Mays, dabbling as an online day trader. Jonathan Bernstein, Rolling Stone, 11 July 2023 Some of the financial posters also used the social media platform Discord, which has chatrooms devoted to stock movements and cryptocurrency trading, where day traders can latch on to real or imagined events and try to push a given holding up or down before cashing out. Joseph Menn, Washington Post, 9 June 2023 Advertisement His 2021 study tracked the behavior of investors on different platforms over seven years and found that experienced day traders made more frequent, riskier bets and generated worse returns when using a smartphone than when using a desktop trading tool. Imani Moise, WSJ, 2 Mar. 2023 The service helped promote the sale of home computers and transformed amateur Wall Street buffs into professional day traders. Sam Roberts,, 5 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1953, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of day trader was in 1953

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“Day trader.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

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