gam·​er ˈgā-mər How to pronounce gamer (audio)
: a player who is game
especially : an athlete who relishes competition
: a person who plays games
especially : a person who regularly plays computer or video games

Examples of gamer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The set is the Best TV for gamers thanks to its super-smooth 120-Hz refresh rate and 9.1-millisecond response time. Louryn Strampe, WIRED, 23 Nov. 2023 Thus, the Atari 2600+ is really only useful for retro gamers who have a very specific need to play authentic Atari 2600 cartridges with authentic Atari 2600 controllers on an HDTV. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, 22 Nov. 2023 In addition to post-pandemic turbulence and the reality of cuts after acquisitions, layoffs also are the result of an influx of companies trying to break into live service games and greater competition for gamers’ limited screen time. Sarah Parvini, Los Angeles Times, 20 Nov. 2023 As for playable characters, gamers will have two options: a male and female character, Bloomberg reported. Elizabeth Napolitano, CBS News, 8 Nov. 2023 But while the changes may be designed to remove systematic barriers, what’s less clear is when longstanding preconceptions and personal bias about women gamers will be taken out of the equation. Melissah Yang,, 7 Nov. 2023 But while the two often go hand-in-hand, there’s a problem for headphone-wearing gamers: crunching sounds. Bysteve Mollman, Fortune, 4 Nov. 2023 In a town in northern Peru, Renzo, a teenager who dreams of becoming a professional gamer, is contacted through a video game by the spirit of an ancient pre-Columbian warrior. John Hopewell, Variety, 27 Oct. 2023 The ad was spotted earlier today by multiple sources and our inbox has likewise been flooded by reports from gamers surprised to see such public evidence of the Slim. Kevin Purdy, Ars Technica, 7 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1977, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of gamer was in 1977

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Cite this Entry

“Gamer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


gam·​er ˈgā-mər How to pronounce gamer (audio)
: a person who plays games and especially video games
: a person who is game
especially : an athlete who enjoys competition

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