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

Examples of gunner in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Clarke, Hand and Metellus are prime practice squad candidates, as the final corner spots here go to Boyd (top gunner on special teams) and Fields, who is the team’s No. 3 slot option. Andrew Krammer, Star Tribune, "A Vikings' 53-man roster projection before Saturday's deadline for cuts," 3 Sep. 2020 Brown is currently a gunner for Charlie Battery, 2nd Battalion, 222nd Field Artillery. Kathy Stephenson, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah soldier earns ’Medal of Valor’ for saving lives during 2017 Las Vegas shooting," 2 Sep. 2020 Each barrel fired with one turn of the crank, and the weapon's rate of fire was limited only by the speed at which the gunner could crank it. Matthew Moss, Popular Mechanics, "The History of the Gatling Gun," 31 Aug. 2020 Holton is a candidate to fill the void at special teams gunner created by Cody Core’s torn Achilles during camp. Pat Leonard,, "Giants sign Logan Ryan to bolster depleted secondary," 31 Aug. 2020 Moore plays a central role on special teams as a punt-team gunner and has returned kicks for Baltimore. Mark Inabinett |, al, "DeAndrew White gets right to work with his new NFL team," 25 Aug. 2020 Shoulder issues cut his 2018 season short after 12 starts and three touchdown receptions, but the future Bronco drew additional high marks as a gunner on the Gators’ punt team, recording five tackles along the way. Sean Keeler, The Denver Post, "Broncos rookie Tyrie Cleveland can’t wait to prove doubters, and NFL execs, wrong," 24 May 2020 Third-year wideout Jaleel Scott worked as a gunner during special teams drills and got props from his coaches and teammates after fighting through a double team on a punt coverage drill. Daniel Oyefusi,, "Observations from Ravens’ second day of padded practice: Defense has upper hand," 18 Aug. 2020 In 1945, the Academy Award-winning actor Paul Newman was serving as a radio operator and gunner on a U.S. Navy plane. David Kindy, Smithsonian Magazine, "The aircraft that dropped the first atomic bomb will always inspire debate," 30 July 2020

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First Known Use of gunner

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Gunner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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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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