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 India’s sports quotas—an affirmative action of sorts for athletes in university admissions and government jobs—must be extended to video gamers. Anirudh Rastogi, Quartz India, "The case for including India’s video gamers in sports quotas," 23 Dec. 2019 Again, gamers are long familiar with this nickel-and-dime tactic. Washington Post, "‘Rise of Skywalker’ embraces all the worst parts of video game storytelling," 20 Dec. 2019 This lineup probably won’t attract hordes of avid gamers right away., "With new video game system Stadia, Google is playing us again - The Boston Globe," 18 Nov. 2019 Those are two qualities that my research has shown are paramount to older gamers. Bob De Schutter, The Conversation, "Video games can bring history back to life," 18 Sep. 2019 The site remained on the fringes until 2014, when some supporters of GamerGate — a loose reactionary collection of anti-feminist video gamers — flocked to 8chan after being kicked off 4chan. Kevin Roose, New York Times, "8chan Is a Megaphone for Gunmen. ‘Shut the Site Down,’ Says Its Creator.," 4 Aug. 2019 From Final Fantasy VII Remake to Halo Infinite, 2020 is already looking good for gamers. Alex Baker-whitcomb, Wired, "A Virus Outbreak, Netflix's Oscar Nod Dominance, and More News," 13 Jan. 2020 Since launching in 2015, Discord has grown into one of the popular messaging apps in the world and has become particularly popular with gamers. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "5 Best Group Text Messaging Apps That'll Make Keeping Up With Your Friends So Much Easier," 31 Dec. 2019 The series also features Sherwood’s Anya Chalotra as sorceress Yennefer, newcomer Freya Allan as the mysterious Ciri, and (another fun bit for gamers) Geralt’s noble steed Roach. Nick Romano,, "Netflix's The Witcher trailer pits Henry Cavill against monsters and the monster within," 31 Oct. 2019

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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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The first known use of gamer was in 1977

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4 Feb 2020

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“Gamer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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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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