gun·​ner | \ ˈgə-nər How to pronounce gunner (audio) \

Definition of gunner

1 : a soldier or airman who operates or aims a gun
2 : one who hunts with a gun
3 : a warrant officer who supervises ordnance and ordnance stores

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Entering the 2011 NBA Draft, the top two shooting-guard prospects were a baby-faced gunner from Washington State and a lanky slasher from Colorado. Connor Letourneau,, "Alec Burks looks to maximize opportunity with Warriors," 12 July 2019 My great great uncle was a tail gunner on a bomber and his squadron flew during Normandy invasion. Rebecca Hazen, Houston Chronicle, "Houston-area schools visit Normandy for D-Day anniversary," 23 June 2019 Seventy-five years ago, Ed Kenney was a Navy gunner on one of the landing craft that brought tanks and soldiers to the waters off Normandy, waters that took on the look of an oil slick as Nazi machine guns ripped American soldiers to shreds. Kevin Cullen,, "In the wake of a devastating Bruins loss, some perspective from the Greatest Generation," 13 June 2019 Escobedo, the gunner’s mate, asked at one meeting with senior leaders. Megan Rose, ProPublica, "Trump Keeps Talking About the Last Military Standoff With Iran — Here’s What Really Happened," 24 June 2019 Rudy Gay: Once a gunner, Gay has remade himself as a gritty combo forward. J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, "Everything you need to know about the Pacers, 2019 NBA free agency and who's available," 24 June 2019 He was shipped to the South Pacific as a gunner and sustained permanent hearing loss from the guns’ blasts. New York Times, "Dr. Henry Lynch, 91, Dies; Found Hereditary Link in Cancer," 13 June 2019 In a dramatic firsthand account of a Nazi plane being shot down by an American gunner crew, Ens. Houston Chronicle, "RADIO PICK UP PLANE KILL BY HOUSTONIANS," 9 June 2019 During the war, Pinkham worked as a gunner, guarding his vessel against airplanes in the Pacific Theater. Author: Kerri Sandaine, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage man, 94, honored by Nez Perce Tribe as its last surviving WWII veteran," 12 June 2019

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First Known Use of gunner

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of gunner was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of gunner

: a soldier who operates a large gun
British : a soldier in the British artillery


gun·​ner | \ ˈgə-nər How to pronounce gunner (audio) \

Kids Definition of gunner

: a person who operates a gun

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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