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

Example Sentences

a gunslinger in the Wild West
Recent Examples on the Web The gunslinger had two main targets in their season-opener, with sophomore wide receiver Tyrin Smith and senior Reynaldo Flores combining for 15 catches, 249 yards and a touchdown. Dallas News, 1 Sep. 2022 After staging his death many years ago, an aging gunslinger is forced to reunite with his outlaw daughter during the dying days of the west. Mia Galuppo, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 Dec. 2022 Imposing himself with a veteran’s cool and a gunslinger’s goal celebration, Ramos scored a 67-minute hat trick to power Portugal to a 6-1 victory over Switzerland, and to a date with Morocco in the quarterfinals on Saturday. Andrew Das, New York Times, 6 Dec. 2022 Burrow has been a gunslinger in both of his meetings against the Chiefs dating back to his performances last season in Week 17 and the AFC championship. Mohammad Ahmad, cleveland, 3 Dec. 2022 The Bengals’ gunslinger was cool and collected on his way to 481 passing yards and three touchdowns on 34-of-42 passing and a season-high 138.2 passer rating. cleveland, 23 Oct. 2022 Busby said the key appears to be making the gunslinger, who leads Briarwood with 939 passing yards and 347 rushing, one dimensional. al, 29 Sep. 2022 Who to start: Matt Ryan (IND) begins the season as a solid streaming option, but there’s still QB1 upside with this aging gunslinger. Eddie Brown, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Sep. 2022 The highly touted gunslinger was last in Athens, Georgia, in March for an unofficial visit after attending the Georgia-South Carolina game last season. Mcclain Baxley, USA TODAY, 22 May 2022 See More

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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 26 Jan. 2023.

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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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