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[proh-gram-er] /ˈproʊ græm ər/
a person who writes computer programs; a person who programs a device, especially a computer.
a person who prepares program schedules, as for radio or television.
a person who prepares instructional programs.
Also, programer.
Origin of programmer
1885-90; program + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He's also a brilliant musician and a master programmer.
  • He compares it to being a computer programmer, where age seems to be a disadvantage no matter how talented you are.
  • Each adjustment requires a programmer to open up a writing program and rewrite parts of the code.
  • Someone might write about how their training has made them the best programmer or best project manager.
  • He's pointing out the mismatch in user and programmer language.
  • Plus, the technique lends itself to a computer programmer's mind and a food distributor's logistical demands.
  • And before his current employ as a novelist, he worked as a computer programmer.
  • The same company hired a smelly programmer, because he was good and of course cheap.
  • From a programmer's point of view, the evolution of control statements would be almost obligatory.
  • In the past, the career path of a gifted software programmer in a poor country inevitably led to a local conglomerate.
British Dictionary definitions for programmer


a person who writes a program so that data may be processed by a computer
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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programmer in Technology
(Or "computer programmer", "developer") Someone who writes or debugs computer programs, for a living or for fun. "Analyst/developer" is a common equivalent job title, implying the added role of system analysis. The term may be qualified according to the type of software - "application programmer", "system programmer", etc.
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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