gun·​man | \ ˈgən-mən How to pronounce gunman (audio) \

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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Sadly, the gunman shot four of my students: one killed instantly and three wounded. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "8 Parkland Teachers on What They Really Think About Being Armed," 13 Feb. 2019 The gunman was not directed or inspired by any group and was not seeking to further any agenda. Ken Ritter, The Seattle Times, "FBI finds no specific motive in Vegas attack that killed 58," 30 Jan. 2019 The rooms in the Las Vegas hotel where a gunman shot down into an October music festival are sealed and the hotel no longer even lists a 32nd floor. Meredith Cohn,, "What happens to the sites of mass shootings depends on where and what they are," 10 July 2018 Authorities say a single gunman was taken into custody after opening fire in the newsroom. Jeff Truesdell,, "Inside the Horror of Maryland Newsroom Where Gunman Killed 5 People: 'Nothing More Terrifying'," 28 June 2018 Last Friday, a gunman shot and killed 10 people at the school that’s about an hour’s drive away from the Toyota Center. Alysha Tsuji, For The Win, "Chris Paul had heartfelt message for fans after Game 4 win: 'Houston, we're coming home'," 23 May 2018 News broke this morning that two mosques in New Zealand had been attacked by a gunman. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "The Royal Family Sends Condolences to the Families and Victims of the New Zealand Shootings," 15 Mar. 2019 Deputies, including the one assigned to the school, failed to enter the building where the gunman was killing students and confront him, the panel found. Arian Campo-flores, WSJ, "Florida Gov. DeSantis Suspends Broward Sheriff Over Deadly Parkland Shooting," 11 Jan. 2019 The Chronicle reported that the gunman was a male, again citing an unnamed law enforcement official, and that the assailant was armed with an AR-15 rifle, a pistol, a shotgun and pipe bombs. Scott Berson And Matthew Martinez, miamiherald, "Who is Dimitrios Pagourtzis, the Santa Fe, Texas school shooting suspect? | Miami Herald," 18 May 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 How to pronounce gunman (audio) \
plural gunmen\ -​mən \

Kids Definition of gunman

: a criminal armed with a gun

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