ac·​tion·​er | \ ˈak-sh(ə-)nər How to pronounce actioner (audio) \

Definition of actioner

: a film dominated by a high degree of exciting action

Examples of actioner in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the debut trailer for this international actioner, Ryan Reynolds stars as a ghost… as in, someone who faked his own death, scrubbed his record, and now moves about as a phantom operative. Nick Romano,, "Ryan Reynolds goes fast and furious in Michael Bay's 6 Underground trailer," 1 Oct. 2019 Last weekend's market winner, Hong Kong crime actioner, The White Storm 2, added $33 million in its second outing, taking its total to $137.7 million. Patrick Brzeski, The Hollywood Reporter, "China Box Office: 'The Lion King' Roars With Healthy $55 Million Opening Weekend," 15 July 2019 Markets across Asia should be more than welcoming of a polished, franchise-style actioner headlined by a girl from the neighborhood. Elizabeth Kerr, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Witch: Part 1. The Subversion' ('Manyeo'): Film Review," 27 June 2018 Like the two mindless actioners that came before it, Race 3 is light on characterization and heavy on the stylized brand-fetishization. Lisa Tsering, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Race 3': Film Review," 18 June 2018 The Pluto Moment begins with a once-famous art house director visiting his film-star wife on the shoot of an actioner, high atop a Shanghai skyscraper. Clarence Tsui, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Pluto Moment' ('Ming Wang Xing Shi Ke'): Film Review | Cannes 2018," 23 May 2018 Mike Tyson squares off against Steven Seagal in this actioner about an Asian telecom rep entangled in civil strife in North Africa, With Dong-xue Li, Janicke Askevold, Eriq Ebouaney. Kevin Crust,, "L.A. movie openings, June 13-15," 10 June 2018 Jean-Claude Van Damme gets imprisoned on a submarine in Pasha Patriki's actioner. John Defore, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Black Water': Film Review," 23 May 2018 When teenagers get superpowers, the government turns against them in this sci-fi actioner based on the Alexandra Bracken novel. Lindsey Bahr, kansascity, "Your guide to summer movies, from ‘Avengers’ to ‘Solo’ to ‘Mamma Mia’ | The Kansas City Star," 26 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of actioner

1972, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for actioner

action + -er entry 2

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“Actioner.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 2020.

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