gun·man | \ ˈgən-mən \

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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Witnesses to the shooting told police the gunman was wearing jeans and a gray hooded sweatshirt and drove away in the Dodge Charger. Campbell Lutz, ajc, "Cops say new video, sketch connected to shooting outside wedding reception," 12 July 2018 The Mandalay Bay hotel, where gunman Stephen Paddock was a guest, put 24-hour security guards at the elevator banks shortly after the shooting. Hugo Martin,, "Robots roam Pechanga Resort Casino to enhance security," 6 July 2018 Another case of violent threats made toward journalists will play itself out in the court system, less than a week after a gunman entered the Capital Gazette newsroom in Annapolis, Md. and killed five people. Matthew Martinez, star-telegram, "He threatened to burn down a Texas TV station, called journalist 'dead man walking,' authorities say," 3 July 2018 The gunman who killed five people Thursday in the Capital Gazette newsroom in Annapolis was nursing an irrational, years-long grudge against the newspaper. Brian Chasnoff, San Antonio Express-News, "Menace toward journalists has grown under Trump," 29 June 2018 The gunman was hiding under a desk as the police moved in. New York Times, "5 People Dead in Shooting at Maryland’s Capital Gazette Newsroom," 28 June 2018 He has not been identified and CBS News reports that the gunman is a white male, in his 20s, who didn’t have an ID. Montana Couser, The Root, "5 Dead, Others Injured at Maryland Newspaper, Shooter in Custody," 28 June 2018 Survivors of the Las Vegas shooting spree thought the gunman was firing a fully automatic rifle. Sam Rosenstiel,, "Gun groups sue Cincinnati over Council's bump stock ban," 22 June 2018 The country music event was taking place October 1 just across the street from the Mandalay Bay resort, from where a gunman was firing a multitude of semiautomatic weapons at the suddenly panicked crowd of 22,000. Steve Almasy, CNN, "Las Vegas massacre 911 calls give glimpse of panic as gunfire rained down," 6 June 2018

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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 \
plural gunmen\-mən \

Kids Definition of gunman

: a criminal armed with a gun

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