gam·er | \ ˈgā-mər \

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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To whet the appetitate of gamers, EA Sports released the ratings for each player in the game this week. Matt Young, Houston Chronicle, "Texans players' Madden 19 video game ratings," 12 July 2018 Eighteen-year-old Genesis Wilson, an avid gamer who was nicknamed Sega, was spending the night at a friend’s house after playing video games on May 25. Jewel Wicker, Teen Vogue, "18-year-old Shooting Victim Genesis Wilson Killed in an Alleged Case of Mistaken Identity," 6 July 2018 Another resource, the On-Line Gamers Anonymous forum, was founded by Liz Woolley in 2002 after her son, an avid gamer, committed suicide. Anchorage Daily News, "Video game addiction tries to move from basement to doctor's office," 18 June 2018 Wednesday, the company shocked gamers, unveiling Fallout 76, a brand new title in the franchise, which is apparently being overseen by the studio’s top developer Todd Howard. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Bethesda Softworks Surprises Gamers With 'Fallout 76' Game Announcement," 30 May 2018 But gamers, certain creative professionals, and others who need strong video performance are often still willing to go with the discrete GPU. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 review: Meet the child of Intel and AMD’s unholy union," 23 May 2018 Then social media companies came along, broke up the clubs and forced all the gamers and sports fans and Instant Pot moms and neo-Nazis onto the same three apps, then acted surprised when nobody got along. Kevin Roose, New York Times, "Can ‘Illuminati Tinder’ Save Us All?," 27 June 2018 There are also two bars with a menu curated by avowed gamer and celebrity chef José Andrés. Leigh Kamping-carder, WSJ, "Professional Videogamers Get Their Own Stadiums," 20 June 2018 In two other one-gamers, Cy-Ranch ousted Houston Heights 10-4 and Katy Tompkins defeated Kempner 6-1. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Rupp’s bi-district champs advance to play Clear Springs," 6 May 2018

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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 3 + -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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English Language Learners Definition of gamer

: a person who plays games and especially video or computer games

: a person who is game; especially : an athlete who tries very hard to win games, competitions, etc.

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