gun·​man ˈgən-mən How to pronounce gunman (audio)
: a man armed with a gun
especially : a professional killer
: 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 The sheriff of Butler County, Pennsylvania, has defended the local police officers who confronted Thomas Matthew Crooks, the gunman who attempted to assassinate former President Trump from a rooftop at a political rally on Saturday, as heroes. Stephen Sorace, Fox News, 17 July 2024 Biden ordered an independent review of the federal response after questions swirled about how the gunman could have gotten so close to the stage, and how the enhanced security presence did not prevent the attack. Colleen Long,, 17 July 2024 The father of the gunman called police after the shooting, worried that his son and a weapon were missing, three senior law enforcement officials told NBC News. John Bacon, USA TODAY, 17 July 2024 On Saturday, a gunman opened fire at a Trump rally, killing one attendee and striking the former president’s right ear. Stephanie Yang, Los Angeles Times, 17 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for gunman 

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Word History

First Known Use

1624, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of gunman was in 1624

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Cite this Entry

“Gunman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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gun·​man -mən How to pronounce gunman (audio)
: a person armed with a gun
especially : an armed criminal
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