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  1. a person who writes code for computer programs.
  2. a person who programs a machine, device, or apparatus.
  3. a person who prepares program schedules, as for radio or television.
  4. a person who prepares instructional programs.
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Origin of programmer

First recorded in 1885–90; program + -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for programmer


  1. a person who writes a program so that data may be processed by a computer
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Word Origin and History for programmer


1890, "event planner," agent noun from program (v.). Meaning "person who programs computers" is attested from 1948.

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