play·​mak·​er | \ˈplā-ˌmā-kər \

Definition of playmaker 

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

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playmaking \ ˈplā-​ˌmā-​kiŋ \ noun or adjective

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Washington lacks playmakers on offense -- will tight end Jordan Reed be healthy? -- and rebuilt its secondary, so if Indianapolis can keep Luck upright (no easy task in the past), a Week 2 road win is not out of the question. Nat Newell, Indianapolis Star, "What you need to know about Colts vs. Redskins," 9 July 2018 Weaknesses: The defense has to offset the loss of two starters in the secondary, replacing speedy playmakers Mike Minter Jr. and Charvarius Ward. Iliana Limón Romero,, "Experienced Middle Tennessee is No. 56 in 2018 preseason college football rankings," 2 July 2018 Coordinator Vic Fangio offered an unsolicited endorsement of Trevathan after Wednesday’s practice and envisions the linebacker becoming an impact playmaker during his third season in Chicago. Dan Wiederer,, "Allen Robinson bouncing back into on-field drills at Bears OTAs," 30 May 2018 Carolina desperately needed more playmakers in the secondary, and the 26-year-old will give them one at a modest price. Steven Ruiz, For The Win, "Grading every major NFL free agent signing so far: Broncos get F for Case Keenum deal," 14 Mar. 2018 Carolina desperately needed more playmakers in the secondary, and the 26-year-old will give them one at a modest price. Steven Ruiz, USA TODAY, "Grading every major NFL free agent signing," 14 Mar. 2018 Can new outside linebackers coach Bobby April adequately replace Tim Tibesar and develop playmakers? Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Badgers face questions on defense as they prepare to open spring football practice," 12 Mar. 2018 One of these guys would be a playmaker sharing a potential backcourt with Johnson and Nickelberry. Jeff Greer, The Courier-Journal, "3 prospects who could help Louisville basketball's 2019 signing class," 11 July 2018 Those around the team hoped players such as striker Marcus Berg and playmaker Emil Forsberg would emerge from Ibrahimovic’s shadow at the World Cup. Steve Douglas, The Seattle Times, "Sweden inspired by heavyweights’ fall at the World Cup," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of playmaker

1931, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of playmaker

: a skillful player in sports like basketball, soccer, and hockey who makes plays that help a team to score during games

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