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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That day, the mothers scoured the site outside El Fuerte, a town in Sinaloa state, on Mexico’s northern Pacific Coast, looking for one of two men presumably kidnapped by cartel gunmen in recent weeks. Juan Montes, WSJ, "‘It’s a Crisis of Civilization in Mexico.’ 250,000 Dead. 37,400 Missing.," 14 Nov. 2018 LightRocket via Getty Images On Saturday morning, 11 people were shot to death at the Tree of Life synagogue by a gunman believed to be inspired by an anti-Semitic internet conspiracy theory. Jane Coaston, Vox, "How the rise of conspiracy theory politics emboldens anti-Semitism," 31 Oct. 2018 On April 14, he was shot by unknown gunmen near Medellín. New York Times, "In Colombian Death Ranch Case, Some Fear Prosecution Will Be Buried," 8 July 2018 Raised in Annapolis, Bill Belichick sent his condolences to The Capital Gazette newspaper in a short statement after five employees were killed by a gunman late last week. Jacob Feldman,, "Kam Chancellor's Retirement Marks the End of Two Eras," 3 July 2018 The attack by a gunman on the Capital Gazette newspaper was reported by national media. Graeme Mcmillan, WIRED, "While You Were Offline: The Internet Has Some Feelings About Anthony Kennedy Retiring," 1 July 2018 Five of their colleagues were killed by a gunman Thursday at the newspaper in Annapolis, Md. Hal Boedeker,, "Capital Gazette staffers to feature on CNN's 'Reliable Sources'," 1 July 2018 Remembering the five 'Capital Gazette' journalists murdered by gunman while working at their Annapolis, Maryland office. Angela Forburger, azcentral, "'We will not be silenced': Reporter at vigil for 5 slain in Capital Gazette shooting," 1 July 2018 Many who died were on the third floor and were in the hallway evacuating when the gunman came up the stairwell and mowed them down. Washington Post, "Survivors describe carnage at Florida high school massacre," 29 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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