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player

[pley-er] /ˈpleɪ ər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that plays.
2.
a person who takes part or is skilled in some game or sport.
3.
a person who plays parts on the stage; an actor.
4.
a performer on a musical instrument.
5.
Informal. a participant, as in a conference or business deal.
6.
a sound- or image-reproducing machine:
a record player; a cassette player; a videodisc player.
7.
a gambler.
8.
Slang. a person engaged in illicit or illegal activity, especially a pimp.
9.
a mechanical device by which a musical instrument, as a player piano, is played automatically.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English pleyer, Old English plegere. See play, -er1
Related forms
counterplayer, noun
nonplayer, noun
self-player, noun
superplayer, noun
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Examples from the web for players
  • Many players were lost to football due to their military service.
  • The pizzicato style varies between different players and genres.
  • Usually, this is not done until a couple of games later in order to confuse new players.
  • Some variants will penalize players for saying mao during game play, often severely.
  • This allowed players to acquire and pilot ships of various sizes.
  • players gain the ability to use more powerful weapons as they advance in level.
  • The ability for players to place bounties on opponents that killed them in pvp.
  • Threehanded chess family of chess variants specially designed for three players.
  • In snooker, players score points by alternately potting and various special .
  • players who are lefthanded are preferable for first base for a couple of reasons.
British Dictionary definitions for players

player

/ˈpleɪə/
noun
1.
a person who participates in or is skilled at some game or sport
2.
a person who plays a game or sport professionally
3.
a person who plays a musical instrument
4.
an actor
5.
(informal) a participant, esp a powerful one, in a particular field of activity: a leading city player
6.
7.
the playing mechanism in a Pianola

Player

/ˈpleɪə/
noun
1.
Gary (ˈɡærɪ). born 1935, South African golfer: winner of nine major championships (1959–78), including the British Open (1959, 1968, 1974)
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Word Origin and History for players

player

n.

Old English plegere, agent noun from play (v.). Stage sense is from mid-15c. As a pimp's word for himself (also playa), attested from 1974. Player-piano attested from 1901.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for players

player

noun
  1. A bettor: A lot of players are avoiding OTB (1483+)
  2. : some of his fellow ''players'' (as pimps refer to themselves) (1974+)
  3. An active participant: Man, I'm a player. I gotta be watched (mid-1980s+)
Related Terms

chalk-eater, horseplayer, piccolo player


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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