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
Recent Examples on the Web Four months shy of his 40th birthday, his mobility and arm strength are well below that of fellow Southern gunslinger Brett Favre when Favre came out of retirement 12 years ago this month to lead the Vikings. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Aug. 2021 As anyone who's ever watched a western knows, any good gunslinger needs a sharp-looking pair of cowboy boots to wear during those dusty showdowns at high noon. Jill Gleeson, Country Living, 23 June 2021 Of people caught in a crossfire or hit by a lame gunslinger with nary a sense of aim. Roy S. Johnson |, al, 26 July 2021 Save those for the whipping winds and choking native grass of British Open links courses or the gunslinger final rounds of a PGA Championship. Bryce Miller Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 June 2021 The 6-4, 185-pound gunslinger is ranked as the nation's No. 84 player at his position, but Myers currently holds just two offers -- one from Kansas, the other from Middle Tennessee State. Mitchell Gladstone, Arkansas Online, 20 June 2021 The Bills, who could stand in the way in January, are a pass-heavy attack with a strong-armed gunslinger who can bully you with his legs. Dan Labbe, cleveland, 2 May 2021 But Jones needs to be paired with a gunslinger, and that is definitely not Cam Newton., 29 May 2021 Melanie Scrofano, who played the titular gunslinger, directed two episodes of SurrealEstate's first season and guest-starred in another. Chancellor Agard,, 20 May 2021

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First Known Use of gunslinger

1920, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of gunslinger was in 1920

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“Gunslinger.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2021.

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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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