gun·​play | \ ˈgən-ˌplā How to pronounce gunplay (audio) \

Definition of gunplay

: the shooting of small arms with intent to scare or kill

Examples of gunplay in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The trailer features breathtaking vistas along with big drama, from houses burning and territorial battles to Wild West gunplay. Jon Freeman, Rolling Stone, 8 Nov. 2021 The gunplay feels pretty good and there’s a wide array of guns to choose from. Erik Kain, Forbes, 7 Sep. 2021 Chief will be up against some of his most harrowing enemies yet, but that should make for some exciting gunplay. Brittany Vincent, BGR, 31 Oct. 2021 Police soon arrested a 17-year-old LeFlore student and determined that the gunplay had its origins in an argument. al, 16 Oct. 2021 There is a purity to Counter-Strike’s multiplayer gunplay that remains unmatched by other first-person shooters. Simon Hill, Wired, 9 Sep. 2021 Neo and Trinity diving off a building, gunplay, explosions and a high-tech virtual-reality fantasy world. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 9 Sep. 2021 Those who had become skilled with firearms and were willing to use them were hired for all sorts of things that might involve gunplay. Steve Meyer, Anchorage Daily News, 26 June 2021 The Suicide Squad works best when Gunn the director can go to town with the dirty jokes and the over-the-top gunplay. Bilge Ebiri, Vulture, 6 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of gunplay

1881, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of gunplay was in 1881

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21 Nov 2021

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“Gunplay.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2021.

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