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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The man who fired the shot was released without charges, and the second man with the gunman was taken into custody on an Illinois Department of Corrections warrant, Ferrelli said. Staff Report, Aurora Beacon-News, "Shots fired in Aurora grocery store parking lot, police say," 18 June 2018 In April, a restaurant patron wrestled an assault-style rifle away from a gunman at a Waffle House in Nashville, Tennessee. CBS News, "Police: Suspected restaurant gunman spoke online about demons," 26 May 2018 Its 2012 alliance with Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda equipped the insurgency with the funding, expertise and recruitment appeal to carry out large-scale attacks beyond its borders—often involving multiple gunmen and powerful explosives. Nicholas Bariyo, WSJ, "Group Behind Nairobi Attack Has Eluded Military," 19 Jan. 2019 In 2015 gunmen stormed the hotel across the street from the station in an attack targeting foreigners, killing 14 people. Kiana Hayeri, Glamour, "A Look Inside the First All-Female TV News Station In Afghanistan," 11 Dec. 2018 Shortly thereafter a gunman entered Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue, shouting anti-semitic slurs while killing 11 Jewish worshippers. Bree Newsome, SELF, "The 2018 Midterm Elections Proved That Change Must Happen from the Ground Up," 15 Nov. 2018 Hundreds of people were inside the bar, according to NBC News, when a gunman entered the establishment and opened fire. Jewel Wicker, Teen Vogue, "Thousand Oaks Shooting Victims Are Being Remembered by Friends and Family," 9 Nov. 2018 Yesterday morning, a gunman armed with a rifle and three handguns entered the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh and murdered 11 people. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "The Week in Washington: “There’s No Proof of Anything”," 28 Oct. 2018 Paul was attending the congressional baseball practice last summer when a left-wing gunman opened fire, hitting House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La. Fox News, "Eric Holder rejects Michelle Obama's call for civility: 'When they go low, we kick 'em'," 10 Oct. 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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