gun·​sling·​er | \ ˈgən-ˌsliŋ-ər How to pronounce gunslinger (audio) \

Definition of gunslinger

: a person noted for speed and skill in handling and shooting a gun especially in the American West

Examples of gunslinger in a Sentence

a gunslinger in the Wild West

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Brock Purdy is the Big 12’s latest gunslinger who can pick defenses apart, but finding replacements for wideout Hakeem Butler and do-it-all back David Montgomery is key. Scooby Axson,, "Preseason Power Rankings: The Hype vs. the Reality for 2019's Top Teams," 19 Aug. 2019 Sale, everyone’s favorite gunslinger, spit the bit again. Dan Shaughnessy,, "Let’s not get swept up by this Red Sox team quite yet," 28 July 2019 Here’s a look at what happened to Denver’s former gunslingers: Case Keenum, Washington Redskins Traded to Washington in the offseason, Keenum is battling Colt McCoy and rookie Dwayne Haskins for the starting job. Joe Nguyen, The Denver Post, "Broncos 2018 quarterbacks: Where are they now?," 6 Aug. 2019 David Cone evolved from cocky gunslinger on the mound to astute observer in the booth. Matt Martell,, "As MLB Continues to Evolve, So Does David Cone," 18 July 2019 Dave Bautista is especially entertaining as Breslin’s resident gunslinger. Noel Murray,, "Reviews: Sylvester Stallone and Dave Bautista in ‘Escape Plan: The Extractors’; and more," 3 July 2019 The best way to dodge incoming bullets is to tap the controller’s left bumper which makes your masked gunslinger twirl around like a rampaging dervish. Washington Post, "Nothing but old-fashioned arcade fun in ‘My Friend Pedro’," 21 June 2019 Frontier City, where actors playing gunslingers robbed an old-time bank six times a day for audiences. John Carlisle,, "LAND OF THE LOST Irish Hills tourist stop owner aims to restore dinosaur park," 6 June 2019 Alejandro is cousin both to the masterless swordsmen of Japanese cinema and to the lone gunslingers of the postwar Hollywood western. Taylor Sheridan, New York Times, "Review: ‘Sicario: Day of the Soldado’ Blends War Movie and Western," 28 June 2018

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1920, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of gunslinger

: someone (such as a character in a story, movie, or television show) who is known for being able to handle and shoot a gun extremely well

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