gam·​er | \ ˈgā-mər How to pronounce gamer (audio) \

Definition of gamer

1 : a player who is game especially : an athlete who relishes competition
2 : a person who plays games especially : a person who regularly plays computer or video games

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Recent Examples on the Web Schmidt: Many people used to view a professional gamer as someone who lives in their parents' basement and spends a lot of time by themselves. Paul Talbot, Forbes, "Why Marketers Are Taking A Closer Look At Esports," 24 Feb. 2021 Next, McKinnon welcomed the fictional Derrick Evans (Pete Davidson), a gamer described as GameStop's new majority shareholder. NBC News, "'Saturday Night Live' wonders if anything still works in America," 31 Jan. 2021 One incident of swatting, involving a gamer calling the police on another player over Call of Duty, resulted in the death of the victim, as reported by Wired. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "JoJo Siwa Reveals She Was Swatted After Coming Out," 25 Jan. 2021 Cloud gaming shuttles input signals generated from a mobile gamer’s couch, to a miles-away data center equipped with top-of-the-line CPUs and GPUs, where a new game state is calculated and transmitted back. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, "Next-Gen Gaming Is an Environmental Nightmare," 15 Oct. 2020 Regardless, every console gamer that gives up a disc drive in the next generation is a consumer that is going to have much less need for a retailer like GameStop going forward. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Console options without disc drives could be GameStop’s final death knell," 10 Sep. 2020 But considering the price, this Samsung is a decent little TV that will more than serve the needs of a hobby gamer. Gabrielle Hondorp, Popular Mechanics, "Check Out the Best 5 Gaming TVs of 2021," 15 Jan. 2021 In Ready Player Two, our hero Wade Watts, who has gone from living the life of a poor gamer to winning control of the virtual reality system OASIS, finds out about a technology called ONI that has been kept from the public. Dallas News, "‘Ready Player Two’ author Ernest Cline sees the dark side of technology," 17 Dec. 2020 For the gamer in your life, these fun coasters will remind them of games of yore. Dana Holmes, CNN Underscored, "How to host your own jolly virtual gift exchange," 18 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of gamer

1977, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for gamer

in sense 1, from game entry 2 + -er entry 2; in sense 2 going back to Middle English, from game, gamen game entry 1 + -er -er entry 2

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4 Mar 2021

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“Gamer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of gamer

: a person who plays games and especially video or computer games
informal : a person who is game especially : an athlete who tries very hard to win games, competitions, etc.

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