gun·​man ˈgən-mən How to pronounce gunman (audio)
: a man armed with a gun
especially : a professional killer
: 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 Since then, some Russian media outlets have claimed that the band supported Russia’s military operation in Ukraine, suggesting this was one of the reasons that terrorist gunmen targeted the show. Vladimir Kozlov, Billboard, 26 Mar. 2024 Authorities determined that the gunman was likely a man visiting West Reading from New York, but with no leads to go on, the investigation sputtered out. Eric Lagatta, USA TODAY, 26 Mar. 2024 Video appears to show gunmen inside Russian concert hall 04:46 NEW UPDATES NBC News Yuliya Talmazan contributed. NBC News, 24 Mar. 2024 The post included images of gunmen on the Lebanese side of the border with Mr. Davidi’s village, his chicken coops and home visible in the background. Isabel Kershner Sergey Ponomarev, New York Times, 24 Mar. 2024 Minutes after the gunmen entered, the Stahl and her four guests were all shot in the head. Liam Quinn, Peoplemag, 23 Mar. 2024 Panicked eyewitnesses captured on video the exact moment gunmen, dressed in camouflage fatigues and carrying automatic weapons, started shooting indiscriminately. Lauren Said-Moorhouse, CNN, 23 Mar. 2024 Ramirez probably had not crossed paths with the gunmen before, police said. Rachel Uranga, Los Angeles Times, 22 Mar. 2024 Law enforcement had probable cause to take gunman Robert Card into custody a month prior to the devastating mass shooting in Lewiston, Maine, an independent commission claims. Timothy Nerozzi, Fox News, 17 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1624, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of gunman was in 1624

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“Gunman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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gun·​man -mən How to pronounce gunman (audio)
: a person armed with a gun
especially : an armed criminal
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