gun·​man | \ ˈgən-mən How to pronounce gunman (audio) \

Definition of gunman

1 : a man armed with a gun especially : a professional killer
2 : a man noted for speed or skill in handling a gun

Examples of gunman in a Sentence

They were shot by an unknown gunman.
Recent Examples on the Web Another 911 caller reported seeing the gunman throw something at a window. Tim Stelloh, NBC News, 10 Sep. 2022 Robb Elementary, where a teenage gunman killed 19 students and two teachers in late May, has been closed. Cayla Harris, San Antonio Express-News, 10 Sep. 2022 CNN)Texas' top cop Col. Steven McCraw vowed Thursday to fire any member of his Department of Public Safety who did not do their job the day a gunman massacred 19 children and two teachers at Robb Elementary in Uvalde. Shimon Prokupecz, CNN, 9 Sep. 2022 Another video shows the children running back and forth in the parking lot before the gunman pulls up in a black car, slips through the front door of the auto parts store and opens fire. Stephanie Pagones, Fox News, 9 Sep. 2022 Officials in Memphis, Tenn., are vowing to crack down on violent crime after a gunman went on a shooting spree Wednesday, killing four people and wounding three others. Alyssa Lukpat, WSJ, 8 Sep. 2022 In other news Mourning and anger enveloped Memphis, Tennessee, on Thursday as police searched for a motive after a gunman's daylong, livestreamed shooting spree that left four people dead and three people wounded. Laura L. Davis, USA TODAY, 8 Sep. 2022 The deadliest attack took place in 2018 at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland when a gunman enraged after losing a defamation suit against the newspaper killed five staffers and wounded two others. John L. Smith, Rolling Stone, 8 Sep. 2022 One of the gunman's victims, Allison Parker, was a medical assistant with three children, said Debbie Holland, Parker’s mother-in-law. Adrian Sainz, ajc, 8 Sep. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of gunman

1624, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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15 Sep 2022

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“Gunman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2022.

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gun·​man | \ ˈgən-mən How to pronounce gunman (audio) \
plural gunmen\ -​mən \

Kids Definition of gunman

: a criminal armed with a gun


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