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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His opponent, mimicking a gunner, was running toward him on a dead sprint and trying to touch a blue tackling dummy, which represented a punt returner. Eric Branch,, "49ers’ practice report: Garoppolo rebounds from 5-INT disaster," 16 Aug. 2019 This is not true, but the anti-gunners are now much more visible. David B. Kopel, National Review, "Trump Must Not Break His Promises to Gun-Rights Supporters," 16 Aug. 2019 Jefferson has been working as one of the team’s gunners - the two players lined up outside who are down the field first and set the tone in punt coverage. Edgar Thompson,, "UF tailback Malik Davis back to full speed after two season-ending injuries," 15 Aug. 2019 Still the best and most consistent gunner the NFL has ever seen. Jim Mcbride,, "Receiving jobs will be up for grabs during Patriots training camp," 19 June 2019 Wiener tried to solve this problem by imagining the gunner, the antiaircraft gun, the enemy pilot, and the enemy plane as elements in a single system whose behavior could be represented mathematically. Fred Turner, Harper's magazine, "Machine Politics," 10 Jan. 2019 When the kamikazes went airborne on that October morning in 1944, Art Tooze was the gunner’s mate at a twin 40 mm on the starboard side of the USS Fanshaw Bay., "The back story on Independence Day: Steve Duin," 28 June 2019 At the time, there was no way to make that prediction with any certainty, since both gunner and pilot were capable of random movements. Fred Turner, Harper's magazine, "Machine Politics," 10 Jan. 2019 An unprotected all-terrain vehicle, the MRZR left those in it easy targets for the gunner just 50 yards away with a Soviet-era machine gun called a PKM capable of firing 250 rounds a minute. Sig Christenson,, "San Antonio airman’s quick thinking saved 3 in ambush," 18 July 2019

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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 How to pronounce gunner (audio) \

Kids Definition of gunner

: a person who operates a gun

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