play·​mak·​er | \ ˈplā-ˌmā-kər How to pronounce playmaker (audio) \

Definition of playmaker

: a player who leads the offense for a team (as in basketball or hockey)

Other Words from playmaker

playmaking \ ˈplā-​ˌmā-​kiŋ How to pronounce playmaker (audio) \ noun or adjective

Examples of playmaker in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Cobie Durant is a playmaker: Durant, a fourth-round draft pick from South Carolina State, intercepted a pass and recorded a sack in his debut on defense. Gary Klein, Los Angeles Times, 19 Sep. 2022 Lanier’s defense also is formidable, and Dixon is an explosive playmaker who should continue improving weekly. Zach Mason, San Antonio Express-News, 15 Sep. 2022 Savoy started on defense last year in the secondary and was a playmaker with four interceptions. Arkansas Online, 25 Aug. 2022 Ramsey is a playmaker, and his confidence permeates the Rams’ defense. Gary Klein, Los Angeles Times, 24 Aug. 2022 Maggie Sturgis, Masconomet — Already at 117 points for her career, Sturgis continues to be a playmaker for one of the state’s strongest teams in 2021. Kat Cornetta,, 22 Aug. 2022 His tutelage should be valuable for Farris, who emerged last year as a freshman and has a versatile playmaker in Blanchard. Matt Goul, cleveland, 16 Aug. 2022 In Ertz, a 10-year veteran, the Cardinals have a bona fide playmaker as a pass-catching tight end. Bob Mcmanaman, The Arizona Republic, 15 Aug. 2022 Wyoming has three double-digit scorers, is really good on 2s and has an outstanding guard/wing playmaker in Hunter Maldonado. Zach Osterman, The Indianapolis Star, 14 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of playmaker

1931, in the meaning defined above

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“Playmaker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Oct. 2022.

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