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 But his prowess as a gunner on special teams, experience as a nickel cornerback, and upside as a free safety should keep him around for at least one more season. Omar Kelly,, 30 Aug. 2021 Price is a talented special teams player who took first-team gunner reps opposite Ford most of camp. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, 30 Aug. 2021 Ashton Dulin’s the team’s best gunner and capable of doing some of the things Campbell does in the offense. Joel A. Erickson, The Indianapolis Star, 27 Aug. 2021 Wide receivers Binjimen Victor and Devin Gray putting a Panthers gunner in an open-field straitjacket qualified as just that. Jonas Shaffer,, 18 Aug. 2021 Beau deployed twice to Afghanistan, often serving as the lead gunner in the turret of an armored vehicle. Washington Post, 20 Aug. 2021 Another player to watch, however, is third-year wide receiver KeeSean Johnson, who has been getting work on special teams as a gunner on kickoff coverage. Bob Mcmanaman, The Arizona Republic, 12 Aug. 2021 Given that Lou Williams is a free agent, and starting to show signs of slowing down anyway, why not replace him with the absolutely most unrepentant, unabashed me-first gunner in the draft? Eric Walden, The Salt Lake Tribune, 25 July 2021 That lone veteran corner, Justin Hardee, is a special-teams standout who projects mostly as a gunner on their punt- and kickoff-coverage teams and was signed a free agent specifically for that reason. J.p. Pelzman, Forbes, 27 June 2021

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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 19 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of gunner

: a soldier who operates a large gun
: 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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