gun·​sling·​er ˈgən-ˌsliŋ-ər How to pronounce gunslinger (audio)
: 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
Recent Examples on the Web Max has often seemed like a Hollywood gunslinger (or samurai) transplanted into Miller’s feverish imagination with some notes from Joseph Campbell. Manohla Dargis, New York Times, 15 May 2024 Leadville Boom Days celebrates the Old West with burro races, mining skill contests, gunslingers and a street fair with more than 100 food and craft booths. Sarah Kuta, The Denver Post, 21 May 2024 In early films, violence was pretend: dramatic staggers after being shot, shots miraculously fired from a gunslinger’s hand, wounds healed after a quick wrap. Emily Harnett, Harper's Magazine, 24 Apr. 2024 It was delivered by Oakland University, a commuter school north of Detroit, which knocked Kentucky out of the tournament with a hail of 3-pointers by Jack Gohlke, a 24-year-old graduate student with a widow’s peak and the same regard for shot selection as a gunslinger busting through saloon doors. Billy Witz, New York Times, 22 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for gunslinger 

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Word History

First Known Use

1920, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gunslinger was in 1920

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“Gunslinger.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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gun·​sling·​er -ˌsliŋ-ər How to pronounce gunslinger (audio)
: a person known for speed and skill in handling and shooting a gun especially in the American West
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