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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Estimates of its prevalence — up to 9 percent of all gamers — mean that tens of millions of mostly young people worldwide may now be said to have a mental disorder. Benedict Carey, New York Times, "Endless Gaming May Be a Bad Habit. That Doesn’t Make It a Mental Illness.," 2 July 2018 And in the latest growth story: Millions of gamers are devoting countless hours not to gaming themselves, but watching other people play both casually and competitively. Sarah E. Needleman, WSJ, "The Videogame Industry Powers Up," 8 June 2018 Excited to be part of history & witness some of our amazing gamers become professional 2K players in today’s #NBA2KLeague draft. Charles Curtis, For The Win, "Could NBA stars play in the NBA 2K League? Ronnie2K says there's interest," 4 Apr. 2018 Their quest, however, faces stiff opposition from IOI, a corporate entity overseen by Sorrento (Mendelsohn), which employs a veritable army of gamers assigned to decipher the clues before Wade and company can beat them to it. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'Ready Player One' loads imaginative mash-up from Steven Spielberg," 29 Mar. 2018 Summer blockbuster season is usually prime time for action flicks, but adventure films—including Marvel superheroes and a motley crew of gamers—will hit theaters well into December. Shelbie Lynn Bostedt, RedEye Chicago, "21 movies you'll want to see this fall," 12 Oct. 2017 Stern is even going beyond the traditional playfield and working with VR maker Oculus and video game developer FarSight Studios to create a virtual pinball arcade, preserving a unique game experience for a future generation of gamers. Peter Rugg, Popular Mechanics, "Inside America's Last Great Pinball Factory," 27 Mar. 2017 Discord makes voice- and text-communication software people can download free and use to talk to other gamers while playing on PCs and smartphones. Sarah E. Needleman, WSJ, "Chat Startup Discord Tops $2 Billion Valuation," 21 Dec. 2018 As for what's next for NBA Twitter, people are keeping a close eye on Twitch, the live-streaming platform that encourages real-time interactivity and is particularly popular with video gamers and younger generations. Rick Maese,, "NBA Twitter: A sports bar that doesn't close, where the stars pull up a seat next to you," 31 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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