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 The federal judge whose son was killed on the doorstep of her New Jersey home is speaking out for the first time since a gunman opened fire on her family last month. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "Federal judge whose son was slain by anti-feminist lawyer decries 'free flow' of personal information online," 3 Aug. 2020 Last year, a gunman opened fire at a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas, leaving 22 people dead; prosecutors said Patrick Crusius targeted Mexicans in hopes of scaring Latinos into leaving the United States., "This day in history," 3 Aug. 2020 Police are looking for a gunman after a 49-year-old man was shot following an argument outside a Mountain View liquor store late Saturday. City News Service, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Police investigating shooting in Mountain View that left a man injured," 2 Aug. 2020 Almost 600 miles away, in her hometown of El Paso, tragedy struck when 23 people were killed and dozens more injured after a gunman from North Texas opened fire at a Walmart. Angel Franco, Dallas News, "A year after the El Paso massacre, Wings’ Kayla Thornton hopes her hometown’s response to tragedy can bring unity," 1 Aug. 2020 Three men were wounded when a gunman opened fire in a busy south Houston intersection Sunday night. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Gunman opens fire in busy south Houston intersection, striking 3," 6 July 2020 Authorities are still searching for a gunman who opened fire in board daylight last week, killing a 20-year-old man. Fox News, "Fourth of July weekend marked by violence as girl, 7, among dead in Chicago, cities see deadly shootings," 5 July 2020 The mall in suburban Birmingham was the site of a 2018 police shooting where an officer fatally shot a Black man with a gun after mistaking him for the gunman in an earlier shooting at the mall. CBS News, "8-year-old boy killed, girl and 2 adults injured in shooting at Alabama mall," 4 July 2020 Seventeen people, including students and teachers, died after a gunman opened fire on Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, February 14. Megan Friedman, Redbook, "These Are Some of the Heroes of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas School Shooting," 20 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of gunman

1624, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of gunman was in 1624

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“Gunman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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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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