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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Murphy has become a congressional leader on gun reform in the seven years since the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, where a gunman killed 20 first graders in Newtown. Kelan Lyons,, "Mental illness is a distraction in conversations on gun violence, advocates say," 2 Sep. 2019 Daniel Munoz Munoz, 28, who was wounded, recalled the harrowing details of coming into the path of the gunman. CBS News, "What we know about the Texas mass shooting victims," 2 Sep. 2019 In 2017, a gunman killed 26 people at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Lyndsay Winkley, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Hate crimes cataloged: Five years of malice and spite in San Diego County," 30 Aug. 2019 Authorities said Matthew Thomas Bernard, 18, was arrested after police warned of a dangerous gunman on the loose upon finding the bodies Tuesday morning at a home in Keeling. Skip Foreman,, "Virginia man charged with murdering the family of a Rays prospect," 28 Aug. 2019 Authorities said Matthew Thomas Bernard, 18, was arrested after police warned of a dangerous gunman on the loose upon finding the bodies Tuesday morning at a home in Keeling., "The wife, toddler son and mother-in-law of minor league baseball player Blake Bivens is slain in Virginia; brother-in-law, 18, charged.," 28 Aug. 2019 Harshbarger said authorities also found a bag of cocaine on the body of the gunman. Htv National Desk, Houston Chronicle, "Dayton shooter had drugs in his system on night of mass shooting, coroner says," 15 Aug. 2019 Two goals, each expertly taken, with the precision of a top-level gunman., "90min's Definitive European Player Power Rankings: Week 1," 12 Aug. 2019 That’s when people began posting news of a gunman inside a Walmart near Cielo Vista Mall, in a commercial district of the city, on social media. Lila Maclellan, Quartz, "A gunman has killed numerous people in an El Paso, Texas shopping center," 3 Aug. 2019

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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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