games·​man ˈgāmz-mən How to pronounce gamesman (audio)
: one who practices gamesmanship
also : one who plays games

Examples of gamesman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Also featured: a scene in which Parsons, a gamesman who actually brought his own Connect Four board to Southern California training camp, faces backup quarterback Ben DiNucci in a chess match. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, 18 Aug. 2021 Friedlander’s style of photography is usually cool, winking, and gamesman-like, but his pictures of his wife thrum with gentle affection. Michael Luo, The New Yorker, 17 Dec. 2019 The weapon-wielding gamesman responded by repeatedly punching Grayson, the younger man said. Shane Dixon Kavanaugh,, 20 Mar. 2018

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Word History


back-formation from gamesmanship, or from games, plural of game entry 1 + man entry 1 (after sportsman)

First Known Use

1947, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gamesman was in 1947

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“Gamesman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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