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

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Recent Examples on the Web Alter: Needed another shooter, and Kennard fits the bill as a 40% 3-point gunner. Omari Sankofa Ii, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons all-time draft: Both rosters stacked with studs, but which team wins?," 18 June 2020 Nearly 80 years ago, Zinaida Korneva marched 1,400 miles from Stalingrad to Berlin as an anti-aircraft gunner in the Soviet Army, fighting all the way. Fred Weir, The Christian Science Monitor, "Coronavirus shortages give Russia’s charity sector a new spark," 9 June 2020 As someone who tested into the 92nd percentile athletically among NFL CBs, Robinson certainly possesses the necessary athleticism to be effective as a gunner on punts and on kickoffs. John Owning, Dallas News, "Film room: How CeeDee Lamb, other Cowboys draftees can make an immediate 2020 impact," 8 June 2020 Andrew served in the Navy as a torpedo and gunner's mate and in the Army Reserve, according to the Tharps. Audrey Jensen, azcentral, "Arizona families honor their fallen by visiting cemetery ahead of Memorial Day holiday," 22 May 2020 But then Bey went cold, as did fellow gunners Collin Gillespie and Justin Moore. Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, "The 2020 NCAA tournament that could have been: Return to Elite status for Michigan State?," 21 Mar. 2020 Mostert, who didn’t play special teams in college, signed a three-year, $8.65 million extension in March based largely on his work as one of the league’s top gunners. Eric Branch,, "49ers’ Raheem Mostert navigates big offers, media storm after overnight fame," 22 Jan. 2020 Conde was a talented artist and his role as a machine gunner represented his persona, Capt. Jeff Parrott, Anchorage Daily News, "‘It’s good that we don’t forget’: Two JBER soldiers memorialized after their deaths in Afghanistan," 8 Nov. 2019 Love is not a one-man team; outside gunner Billy Wampler is a serious threat. Joe Sullivan,, "Previewing this week’s men’s college basketball conference tournaments," 3 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of gunner

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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25 Jun 2020

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“Gunner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 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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