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

Examples of gamer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

The addition of Corsair overclockable RAM and RGB lighting gives mainstream gamers a bit more blitz and glitz, with pricing to match. Melissa Riofrio, PCWorld, "The Lenovo Legion Y730 gaming laptop has overclocking and RGB lighting to spare," 11 June 2018 Authorities were called out to the home of 28-year-old Andrew Finch after a dispute between online gamers that prompted the fake 911 call to his address. Erika Pesantes,, "Two Parkland student activists are targets of 'swatting' hoaxes," 10 June 2018 The same concept would hold true with persons who bet on eSports, which refers to competitions between gamers playing video games and computer games. Michael Mccann,, "Winners and Losers from the Supreme Court's Ruling on Sports Gambling," 14 May 2018 Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett told reporters that an investigation is ongoing into the involvement of other online gamers. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Kansas "SWATting" suspect expresses regret from jail," 15 Jan. 2018 Andrew Harrer—Bloomberg via Getty Images Sony is in deep trouble with gamers, and things only appear to be getting worse. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Sony Mired in Controversy in 'Fortnite' Nintendo Switch Debacle," 14 June 2018 And with the news that Nintendo relaunched the console this week—but yet again supply is an early hurdle for interested gamers—we're re-running this piece to help those of you with a DIY streak once build your own, more flexible alternative. Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica, "Guidemaster: One-upping the NES Classic Edition with the Raspberry Pi 3 and RetroPie," 30 June 2018 The Steam Summer Sale has begun, bringing an abundance of good deals for gamers. Cameron Faulkner, The Verge, "Weekend deals on Razer laptops, an LG soundbar, and more," 23 June 2018 Until Twitch came along, YouTube, a subsidiary of Google, was the main hub for gamers. John Herrman, New York Times, "Amazon Tightens Grip on a New Medium: Live Streams of Video Games," 17 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'gamer.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about gamer

Statistics for gamer

Last Updated

28 Oct 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for gamer

The first known use of gamer was in 1977

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for gamer



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.

Comments on gamer

What made you want to look up gamer? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to clear from alleged fault or guilt

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Difficult Vocab Quiz

  • the-education-of-achilles-eugne-delacroix
  • Which is a synonym of discomfit?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!