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.
Recent Examples on the Web As the world now knows, 26 people were killed by a lone gunman at the elementary school that day: 20 young students, and six adult staff members. Lisette Voytko, Forbes, 7 July 2021 Officer Alex Aguas, a police spokesman, said in an email that officers believed the 33-year-old had been the lone gunman who shot the three people, but noted the case remained under investigation. Katherine Rosenberg-douglas,, 5 July 2021 Nine people, including seven children, were killed on Tuesday and many more badly wounded after a lone teenage gunman opened fire in a school in the Russian city of Kazan, local authorities said, prompting a Kremlin call for tighter gun controls. The Christian Science Monitor, 11 May 2021 Australia marked the 25th anniversary on Wednesday of a lone gunman killing 35 people in Tasmania state in a massacre that galvanized the nation to drastically tighten gun laws. Rod Mcguirk, Star Tribune, 28 Apr. 2021 Another mass shooting happened in 2010, when a lone gunman killed 12 people in a four-hour shooting spree in rural Cumbria, northern England. Bianca Britton, CNN, 24 Mar. 2021 The King Soopers on Table Mesa Drive, where 10 people, including a police officer, were shot and killed by a lone gunman Monday, is an anchor in this South Boulder neighborhood. David Kelly, Los Angeles Times, 23 Mar. 2021 But the Atlanta spa shootings—in which a lone gunman drove across Atlanta to three businesses, killing eight people, six of them Asian women—completely changed Athakhanh’s perspective. Sanya Mansoor, Time, 23 Mar. 2021 This week, eight people – most of them women of Asian descent – were killed Tuesday night in three shootings at Atlanta-area spas before police arrested a 21-year-old man suspected of being the lone gunman. David Oliver, USA TODAY, 17 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of gunman

1624, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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17 Jul 2021

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“Gunman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jul. 2021.

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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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