gun·​play ˈgən-ˌplā How to pronounce gunplay (audio)
: the shooting of small arms with intent to scare or kill

Examples of gunplay in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His skills at passing through flames and holding his breath underwater, his agility in evading swords and feigning gunplay all come in handy in actual fights for his life. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 2 May 2024 When a New York jury delivered a verdict recently against the National Rifle Association and its longtime leader, Wayne LaPierre, my first thoughts were oddly not about the NRA or all the lives destroyed by the gunplay that the organization did so much to foster. Francis Wilkinson, The Mercury News, 27 Feb. 2024 There’s gunplay, a few close calls, some hot stunts, blah, blah, blah. Miami Staff, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 The play — not so much the gunplay — remains the thing. Stephen Rodrick, Variety, 29 Nov. 2023 What’s ultimately most memorable in A Long Shot isn’t the gunplay but the setting itself, which resembles a small city after it’s been hit by a major dystopian catastrophe. Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter, 25 Oct. 2023 To overcome them, the player has to think on their feet, juggling various spells in a manner not unlike the frenetic gunplay of the Doom series. Reid McCarter, WIRED, 22 Aug. 2023 There’s no gunplay, there’s no slashing, there’s no blood. Julia Carmel, Los Angeles Times, 2 June 2023 The Breen office was hip to the scam Hollywood always played in the gangster pictures — revel for 85 minutes in the gunplay, fast cars, cool clothes, and slinky molls before exacting a crime-does-not-pay penalty in the last five minutes. Thomas Doherty, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1881, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gunplay was in 1881

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“Gunplay.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2024.

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