gun·​fight | \ ˈgən-ˌfīt How to pronounce gunfight (audio) \

Definition of gunfight

: a hostile encounter in which antagonists with guns shoot at each other

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gunfighter \ ˈgən-​ˌfī-​tər How to pronounce gunfight (audio) \ noun

Examples of gunfight in a Sentence

There was a gunfight between the rival gangs.
Recent Examples on the Web In truth there isn’t enough, notwithstanding a gunfight that constitutes a mini-seminar in how to stage, shoot and edit an action sequence. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘News of the World’ Review: Quiet Ballad of the Lost and Found," 22 Dec. 2020 Ron Helus, who engaged in a gunfight with the assailant, and 18 injured. Stephanie Lai, Los Angeles Times, "Ventura County district attorney’s office releases new details on Borderline mass shooting," 17 Dec. 2020 When the school was attacked, police engaged in a gunfight with the gunmen, allowing many students to scale the school’s fence and run for safety, according to Katsina State police spokesman Gambo Isah. Sam Olukoya, Anchorage Daily News, "Over 300 students still missing in Nigeria after gunmen attack school," 14 Dec. 2020 Shotzzy sent him back to the lobby in a quick gunfight, but now we were stranded in the middle of the map with limited loot and no money. Sean Collins, Dallas News, "Learning from ‘Shotzzy,’ Vol. 3: An early trip to the Warzone gulag doesn’t mean your game is ruined," 11 Nov. 2020 The teenager was hospitalized with injuries that were not life-threatening, and police believe he was wounded during the gunfight with the special police officer, investigators said. Clarence Williams, Washington Post, "Teen shot by special police officer is charged with murder in D.C.," 7 Dec. 2020 Whether the officer’s injury was a direct gunshot graze wound or shrapnel from items struck during the gunfight is under investigation by the LAPD’s Force Investigation Division, which handles shootings in which officers fire their weapons. Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times, "LAPD officer wounded in gun battle at Valley grocery store is out of the hospital," 2 Nov. 2020 Police said four people, only described as males, were in a gunfight and the three men were caught in the crossfire. Carlie Wells,, "3 people shot in 7th Ward after being caught in crossfire, New Orleans police say," 9 Nov. 2020 An off-duty Los Angeles Sheriff’s deputy was wounded in a gunfight early Sunday in unincorporated East Los Angeles. Doug Smith, Los Angeles Times, "Off-duty L.A. County sheriff’s deputy is wounded in gunfight," 15 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of gunfight

1659, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of gunfight was in 1659

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12 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Gunfight.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of gunfight

: a fight in which people shoot guns at each other

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