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 videos from two officers were expected to show what police found entering a 32nd-floor hotel room where gunman Stephen Paddock unleashed a hail of gunfire into an outdoor concert last fall. Ken Ritter And Michael Balsamo,, "Police release some body-camera videos from Vegas shooting," 2 May 2018 After obtaining an undisclosed amount of money, the gunman fled. Laura Mcknight,, "JPSO investigates 2 armed robberies at Airline Drive gas stations," 30 Apr. 2018 On that night, as thousands of fans enjoyed a country music festival, gunman Stephen Paddock opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel. Tod Leonard,, "Tragedy, unexpected success have made Vegas Golden Knights a sports phenomenon," 15 Apr. 2018 After firing through the Capital Gazette's front entrance at about 2:30, the gunman stormed into the newsroom with 11 people inside. CBS News, "Photojournalist recalls narrow escape from rampage: "I thought I was going to die"," 2 July 2018 The family of Joaquin Oliver, one of the students killed when a gunman stormed the school on February 14, planned to attend the ceremony. Dianne Gallagher, CNN, "A solemn graduation for Marjory Stoneman Douglas seniors," 3 June 2018 In November 2015, heavily armed gunmen stormed the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako, the Mali capital, killing 20 people. Soumaila T. Diarra, USA TODAY, "Mali ripe territory for ISIS, local militias — and they often clash," 7 May 2018 In one particularly disquieting case, gunmen stormed the home of Gisela Mota shortly after dawn on Jan. 2, 2016, and executed her. Patrick J. Mcdonnell,, "Widespread killings of candidates cast shadow over Mexican elections," 10 Apr. 2018 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

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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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