gun·​ner | \ˈgə-nər \

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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The Blazers gunner has led Portland to 10-straight victories while torching opponents and inserting himself in the MVP conversation alongside the likes of NBA superstars in James Harden, Anthony Davis, Kevin Durant and even LeBron James. Tim Brown,, "LeBron James: 'Give me Damian Lillard, I'll show you how appreciated he'll be'," 15 Mar. 2018 He was trained as a heavy machine gunner and sent to North Africa. Jacques Kelly,, "Paul McK. Llufrio, Esskay worker and decorated World War II veteran, dies," 22 May 2018 But cameos by rental gunners Ersan Ilyasova and Marco Bellineli didn’t fool George and James into believing that Embiid, Simmons and Dario Saric are an eyelash from competing with the Warriors. Marcus Hayes,, "Sixers weren't ready for LeBron James or Paul George | Marcus Hayes," 4 July 2018 Tveidt joined the Army at 18 and served in Iraq as a gunner. Michael Katz, idahostatesman, "His mother left him in a box. 31 years later, this Boisean has reunited with his father.," 12 July 2018 Tom McCaslin, was the tail gunner on the B-26 shot down that day over France. David Owens,, "74 Years Later, Connecticut Airman Shot Down Over France In WW II To Get Proper Burial," 7 July 2018 In an odd twist of fate, the regular nose gunner, John Hollyfield, had been in the hospital the day the aircraft nearly went down, and 69 years later Foulkes and Hollyfield of Missouri were reunited by Walker. Julie Gallant,, "Historic aircraft give students living history lesson," 7 May 2018 Yet, Butler dressed for the game, and even got out there to hold up a gunner on special teams. Albert Breer,, "Not Even Robert Kraft Knew About the Malcolm Butler Benching," 7 Feb. 2018 The Space Force, for all its flair, is more a matter of desk space at the Pentagon than one of orbital battles with space shuttle door gunners. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "Is a Space Force Really the Best Way to Defend Space?," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of gunner

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \

Kids Definition of gunner

: a person who operates a gun

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