gamer

[ gey-mer ]
/ ˈgeɪ mər /

noun

a person who plays games, especially computer or video games.

Nearby words

  1. gamelan,
  2. gamelin,
  3. gamely,
  4. gameness,
  5. gameplay,
  6. gamer girl,
  7. games console,
  8. games, theory of,
  9. gamesman,
  10. gamesmanship

Origin of gamer

First recorded in 1610–20; game1 + -er1

Origin of game

1
before 1000; Middle English gamen, Old English gaman; cognate with Old High German gaman glee

Related formsgame·less, adjectivegame·like, adjectivegame·ness, nounun·game·like, adjective

game

2
[ geym ]
/ geɪm /

adjective

lame: a game leg.

Origin of game

2
1780–90; perhaps shortening of gammy, though change in vowel unclear

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British Dictionary definitions for gamer

gamer

/ (ˈɡeɪmə) /

noun

a person who plays computer games or participates in a role-playing game

game

1
/ (ɡeɪm) /

noun

adjective

verb

(intr) to play games of chance for money, stakes, etc; gamble
Derived Formsgamelike, adjective

Word Origin for game

Old English gamen; related to Old Norse gaman, Old High German gaman amusement

game

2
/ (ɡeɪm) /

adjective

a less common word for lame 1 game leg

Word Origin for game

C18: probably from Irish cam crooked

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Word Origin and History for gamer
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Idioms and Phrases with gamer

game

In addition to the idioms beginning with game

  • game is not worth the candle, the
  • game is up, the
  • game that two can play, that's a

also see:

  • ahead of the game
  • at this stage (of the game)
  • badger game
  • beat someone at his or her own game
  • call someone's bluff (game)
  • confidence game
  • end game
  • fair game
  • fun and games

give away (the game)losing battle (game)name of the gameonly game in townplay a waiting gameplay gamesplay the gamewaiting gamewhole new ball game.

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