pro·​gram·​mer | \ ˈprō-ˌgra-mər How to pronounce programmer (audio) , -grə- \
variants: or less commonly programer

Definition of programmer

: one that programs: such as
a : a person who prepares and tests programs for devices (such as computers)
b : one that programs a mechanism
c : one that prepares an instructional program
d : a person who plans or prepares entertainment programs a television programmer

Examples of programmer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Vasili Logvinov, a 38-year-old computer programmer on the 13th floor, followed along avidly. New York Times, 30 Mar. 2022 Jim, a former Army medic and IBM computer programmer who grew up speaking Slovak, was quirky and cerebral, Fiorini said. Derek Kravitz, USA TODAY, 22 Dec. 2021 A few feet away, Anne Withers, 82, a former computer programmer, stood painting a red infinity symbol on Stetson’s right shoulder. Tara Bahrampour, Washington Post, 28 July 2022 Jeff Bridges plays a computer programmer who ends up inside the software running a mainframe computer. Mark Feeney,, 27 July 2022 To Krystina DeLuna, Apple’s global programmer for música Mexicana, the genre’s popularity has to do with geography — how its artists have always straddled two cultures. Julyssa Lopez, Rolling Stone, 12 July 2022 Sroka is a curator, researcher, writer and programmer. Deborah Vankinstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 12 July 2022 Variety spoke to producer Shin Chul, who once said he was tricked into becoming festival director, and BiFan head programmer Ellen Kim on the eve of the event. Patrick Frater, Variety, 6 July 2022 Meanwhile, an Amazon programmer crunches the switches on his keyboard and completes what is required for a drone to carry and deliver a bottle of AmazonBasics hand lotion to a home within a four-mile radius of Lockeford. Luther Ray Abel, National Review, 23 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of programmer

1875, in the meaning defined above

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“Programmer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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pro·​gram·​mer | \ ˈprō-ˌgra-mər How to pronounce programmer (audio) , -grə- \

Kids Definition of programmer

: a person who creates and tests programs for computers

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