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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Also charged as co-conspirators in the federal case in Kansas are online gamers Casey Viner, 18, of North College Hill, Ohio, and Shane Gaskill, 20, of Wichita. Roxana Hegeman, The Seattle Times, "Man who made hoax call in deadly ‘swatting’ pleads guilty," 13 Nov. 2018 The gamers still needed a ride to the Palace for daily practices. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons Gaming Team - and NBA - create bold eSports gambit," 29 Apr. 2018 The café also employs a staff of Game Guides who are avid gamers eager to help customers choose a game and explain the rules. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "Tea + Victory board game café opens April 10 in the Heights area," 6 Apr. 2018 Stylists outfitted the gamers for their big moment. Sean Gregory, Time, "The NBA Just Took Its First Big Step on the E-Sports Stage. But Will the Crowds Follow?," 5 Apr. 2018 But as well as these players are treated, moments of stereotypical gamer toxicity can still seep through the cracks. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Why competitive gaming is starting to look a lot like professional sports," 27 July 2018 In other words, gamers play out the plot of Battle Royale, The Hunger Games, Sword Art Online, or any number of last-man-standing battle scenarios. Aja Romano, Vox, "How Fortnite leveled up, broke records, and changed gaming," 27 Mar. 2018 The movie, much of which takes place in a virtual reality video game, earned an enthusiastic response from its unveiling at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, albeit with a gamer-friendly crowd. Ryan Faughnder,, "'Ready Player One,' a major studio gamble, is expected to test Spielberg's blockbuster clout," 28 Mar. 2018 Liam Neeson Clash of Clans: Revenge, 2015 The most popular ad of 2015 features an ultra-intense Liam Neeson preparing his vengeance on an innocent Clash of Clans online gamer. Vogue, "The 13 Most Iconic Super Bowl Ads of All Time," 31 Jan. 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 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
informal : a person who is game especially : an athlete who tries very hard to win games, competitions, etc.

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