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)

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

Examples of playmaker in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Buzz: Miami adds an experienced playmaker in Rambo, who accounted for 743 yards and five touchdowns for the Sooners in 2019. Matt Murschel,, 23 May 2021 Moore is a dynamic playmaker in the Randall Cobb mold, a guy who can line up all over the formation (including the backfield) and give the team’s offense another mismatch creator. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 28 Apr. 2021 First-year general manager Terry Fontenot can stay put and add a dynamic playmaker in Pitts for quarterback Matt Ryan. Brad Biggs,, 18 Apr. 2021 Whether it’s defending the run, dropping into coverage, or rushing the passer, Collins has the requisite skill set required to execute and was arguably the most dynamic defensive playmaker in college football for the 2020 season. cleveland, 2 Apr. 2021 Put the ball in the hands of the most accomplished playmaker in the history of the sport. oregonlive, 21 Jan. 2021 Senior linebacker Sean Sinovic is the team’s leading tackler with 136 and senior defensive back Dominic Brown (108 tackles, three interceptions) is also a playmaker. Kyle Neddenriep, The Indianapolis Star, 26 Nov. 2020 LaMelo Ball, 6-7 PG, Illawarra Hawks: Arguably the best playmaker in the draft with his ability to find open teammates and create his own shot off the dribble. Marcus Fuller, Star Tribune, 18 Nov. 2020 There is a considerable amount of work to be done on his shot mechanics, specifically the quickness, but his ability as a playmaker is the big selling point here. Scott Horner, The Indianapolis Star, 9 July 2021

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First Known Use of playmaker

1931, in the meaning defined above

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22 Jul 2021

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“Playmaker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Aug. 2021.

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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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