play·​mak·​er ˈplā-ˌmā-kər How to pronounce playmaker (audio)
: a player who leads the offense for a team (as in basketball or hockey)
playmaking noun or adjective

Examples of playmaker in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Kane’s ability as a playmaker, as well as being a ruthless goalscorer, became increasingly evident in his final years at Tottenham. Matias Grez, CNN, 10 Apr. 2024 His selection at No. 8 proved a stretch, but the dynamic playmaker was a triple threat as a receiver, ball-carrier and kick returner during three Rams seasons in St. Louis under then-coach Jeff Fisher.. Gary Klein, Los Angeles Times, 8 Apr. 2024 While the Cincinnati Bengals have already franchise tagged Tee Higgins, other playmakers like Mike Evans of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Gabe Davis of the Buffalo Bills and Michael Pittman of the Indianapolis Colts could hit the open market in March. Mike Kaye, Charlotte Observer, 29 Feb. 2024 When the offense breaks down and the shot clock nears expiration and the outcome is in doubt, playmakers are needed to manufacture points. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, 19 Mar. 2024 Since being made captain in 2022, the playmaker has become used to carrying the hopes of Arsenal. Ben Church, CNN, 13 Mar. 2024 But with the wide receiver group being a strength, the Panthers should have an opportunity to land a quality playmaker on Day 2. NFL Media draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah has Ohio State’s Marvin Harrison Jr., Washington’s Rome Odunze and LSU’s Malik Nabers at the top of his wide receiver board. Mike Kaye, Charlotte Observer, 29 Feb. 2024 The Thunder have another playmaker and scorer to assist Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Jalen Willliams in that department. Jace Frederick, Twin Cities, 8 Feb. 2024 New Chargers defensive coordinator Jesse Minter has spoken about the need to find playmakers for the team’s secondary. Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, 11 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1931, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of playmaker was in 1931

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“Playmaker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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