Definition of prosumer in English:



  • 1An amateur who purchases equipment with quality or features suitable for professional use.

    ‘the magazine is aimed at the prosumer who uses a $10,000 camera to make home movies of his dog’
    • ‘Its $1700 price point makes it a prosumer device.’
    • ‘Clearly it doesn't follow the previous line of prosumer cameras, all of which had a longer split swivel design with an ‘internal focusing’ lens.’
    • ‘And while the line-input's audio quality isn't professional, or even prosumer level, it's still good enough for most consumer applications.’
    • ‘Being a good deal smaller and lighter than its predecessor, it's barely larger than some of the prosumer types on sale.’
    • ‘The processor will especially benefit prosumer and digital media enthusiasts, as well as those who run many software applications simultaneously.’
  • 2A prospective consumer who is involved in the design, manufacture, or development of a product or service.

    ‘a panel of prosumers weighed in on the plans for the new shampoo’


1980s: blend of professional or producer or proactive and consumer.