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 The gunman, who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State, killed 49 people and wounded 53 more at a gay nightclub, and most of the victims were Latino. Grace Hauck, USA TODAY, "Hateful mass shootings terrorize the US. So why aren't more shooters charged with hate crimes or terrorism?," 26 Mar. 2021 Police cordoned off the scene and began to search for witnesses and the gunman, who had fled the scene, Elder said. Tim Harlow, Star Tribune, "Man dies in shooting on Lake Street in south Minneapolis," 25 Mar. 2021 The gunman, Ian David Long, 28, killed himself at the scene. Los Angeles Times, "Recent mass shootings in the U.S.: A timeline," 24 Mar. 2021 The gunman, later identified as Campbell, motioned for Fischer to walk down the hallway to his bedroom while Moore went to the kitchen to keep Fischer’s girlfriend there. al, "Taxidermist who lost left leg in Alabama car crash shot in right leg in Pennsylvania home invasion," 24 Mar. 2021 The gunman, described as a Black man in his early 20s with dreadlocks and a blue shirt with a hat and jacket, remained at large, police said. Kelli Smith, Dallas News, "Gunman sought after killing 21-year-old woman, wounding 7 others inside northwest Dallas nightclub," 20 Mar. 2021 Two days after a shooting that left two employees dead at the Roundy’s Distribution Center in Oconomowoc, authorities revealed little about the motive of the gunman, who later died by suicide. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Law enforcement officials share few details in Roundy's shooting as investigators sift through security footage, interview workers," 18 Mar. 2021 Jack Wilson, a firearm instructor, fatally shot a gunman, Keith Thomas Kinnunen, in 2019 after Kinnunen killed two churchgoers at the West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, Texas. Nyamekye Daniel, Washington Examiner, "North Carolina lawmakers push for more gun rights in religious places," 17 Mar. 2021 Two of Lady Gaga’s French bulldogs were stolen in Hollywood last night after a gunman shot her dog walker, Ryan Fischer, and left him lying on the ground around 10 p.m. Brandon Schultz, Forbes, "Lady Gaga Offers $500,000 For Her Stolen Dogs. Hire A Pet Detective For Yours.," 25 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of gunman

1624, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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31 Mar 2021

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“Gunman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Apr. 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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