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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Maybe that waist-gunner hadn’t wanted any more than that either. James Holland, WSJ, "Five Best: James Holland on World War II Memoirs," 3 Jan. 2019 Once the gun is loaded, the aircrews press a button and the gun automatically moves: The gun is likely traversing to line up on a target the onboard gunner has already located on the ground. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Watch a AC-130 Gunship Devastate Targets on the Ground with Its Howitzer," 16 Jan. 2019 D’Antoni indicated on Friday that his first move would be to lean more heavily on Gerald Green, a gunner who is shooting 40% on threes against Golden State. Ben Golliver,, "Houston’s Blueprint for Life Without Chris Paul: Optimism, Intensity And a Potent Starting Lineup," 26 May 2018 The bearded Taliban machine-gunner, crouched with a few comrades some 20 or 30 yards down the tunnel, waited until the Afghan soldier was well inside. Michael M. Phillips, WSJ, "‘I Think I’ve Been Shot’: Nighttime Raid in Afghanistan Reveals New U.S. Strategy," 5 Dec. 2018 In one famous incident on the Western Front, a German machine gunner fired off his last belt just before the clock struck, then stood up, bowed and withdrew in the direction of home. Brendan Simms, WSJ, "‘Peace at Last’ Review: Remembering Flanders Fields," 11 Nov. 2018 The kits installed on the roof an armored Humvee and provided 360 degree and overhead protection for machine gun gunners and grenadiers. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Marines Are Saving A Bundle Reusing Gun Shields From Older Humvees," 26 July 2018 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

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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
British : a soldier in the British artillery


gun·​ner | \ ˈgə-nər \

Kids Definition of gunner

: a person who operates a gun

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