gunpoint

noun

gun·​point ˈgən-ˌpȯint How to pronounce gunpoint (audio)
: the muzzle of a gun
Phrases
at gunpoint
: under a threat of death by being shot

Examples of gunpoint in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Moïse is held at gunpoint as the room is ransacked in search of the document. Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, 20 June 2024 Two juveniles were robbed of their dirt bike at gunpoint, by another group of juveniles. Vincent Hill, Baltimore Sun, 20 June 2024 Sherri told police that she was abducted at gunpoint by two Hispanic women in a dark SUV and that the women tortured her and branded her skin. Jessica Sager, Peoplemag, 20 June 2024 In 1996, Wharton was raped at gunpoint outside her apartment building in Baltimore. Tom Jackman, Washington Post, 20 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for gunpoint 

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Word History

First Known Use

1951, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gunpoint was in 1951

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“Gunpoint.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gunpoint. Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

gunpoint

noun
gun·​point ˈgən-ˌpȯint How to pronounce gunpoint (audio)
: the muzzle of a gun

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