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.

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In December 2015, gunmen shot dead some 28 mostly Christian teachers on a bus heading home to Mandera from Nairobi for the Christmas holiday. Fox News, "Kenya's president blunt on scourge of al-Shabab: 'I would be lying to you if I said that we had dealt with the problem'," 4 July 2019 However, the gunman instead shot Ortiz, who was sitting near Fernández at a bar in the capital city of Santo Domingo on June 9 and was wearing clothing similar to Fernández's. Alex Sundby, CBS News, "Alleged mastermind in David Ortiz shooting claims in video he wasn't involved in botched murder-for-hire plot," 2 July 2019 The victim was in an alley near the 3200 block of West Walnut Street around 7:20 p.m. when a gunman shot him in the back, abdomen and leg, Chicago police said. Alice Yin,, "Man, 52, gunned down in East Garfield Park neighborhood alley," 28 June 2019 The suspect's wife, daughter and niece fled the home and told officers that the gunman had shot at several people inside. Kristin Lam, USA TODAY, "'A horrible act of violence': 5 dead in Silicon Valley murder-suicide, police say," 24 June 2019 On June 28, 2018, a gunman shot his way through the front glass doors. Jean Marbella,, "A snow globe, a poem, a home: Capital Gazette victims revealed, recalled in the things they left behind," 23 June 2019 As the gunman shot out the glass of the school’s front entrance, the school principal and psychologist went to see what the noise was, Gay said. Jacob Beltran,, "Mother of child killed at Sandy Hook stresses planning ahead of active shooting incidents," 19 June 2019 Beth said investigators will never know whether the gunman would have shot other people in the bar had Hetland not intervened. Marisa Peryer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Off-duty Racine officer shot, killed after jumping over bar to confront armed robber," 18 June 2019 Nine people have been arrested in connection with the attack in which a single gunman shot Ortiz, 43, once in the back on June 8 at the Dial Bar and Lounge in the eastern part of Santo Domingo. NBC News, "Suspects in David Ortiz attack to remain in prison while investigation continues," 15 June 2019

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First Known Use of gunman

1624, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of gunman

: a person (especially a man) who uses a gun to shoot someone or to try to shoot someone


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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