gun·​ner ˈgə-nər How to pronounce gunner (audio)
: a soldier or airman who operates or aims a gun
: one who hunts with a gun
: a warrant officer who supervises ordnance and ordnance stores

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Pastrnak has landed 168 pucks on goal, most in the league, and only all-time gunner Alex Ovechkin has attempted more shots (310 to 307). Globe Staff,, 24 Dec. 2022 Dulin, the Colts’ primary gunner, leads the NFL with 14 special teams tackles this season, three more than anybody else in the league so far. Joel A. Erickson, The Indianapolis Star, 2 Dec. 2021 My gunner fired at least six more rounds at the vehicle hitting it from turret to the track. Jeremy Hsu, Discover Magazine, 16 Oct. 2014 The Lions benched Okudah midway through their Week 16 loss to the Carolina Panthers, and Okudah and Hughes split playing time in last week's win over the Chicago Bears, with Okudah also playing gunner on the punt team. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, 6 Jan. 2023 Giannone, who worked as a Navy airplane mechanic on board a carrier ship and flew missions as a gunner in the war, has plenty of stories to tell beyond his time as a sailor. The Arizona Republic, 26 Dec. 2022 Campbell said the Lions did plan to give Williams more playing time — as a gunner on punt team — but those plans were foiled by the Lions' efficient play. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, 5 Dec. 2022 A year after he was sent overseas, the young soldier was serving as a gunner on a B-24 Liberator aircraft as part of Operation Tidal Wave when his plane was shot down on Aug. 1., 1943. Kolbie Peterson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 12 Oct. 2022 His two other crew members, a radioman and gunner, died, including one whose parachute did not open. al, 4 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Gunner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Feb. 2023.

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gun·​ner ˈgən-ər How to pronounce gunner (audio)
: one who operates or aims a gun
: one who hunts with a gun

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