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 Maybe the Colts do, but after a stellar campaign (4,000 yards, 24 touchdowns, 10 interceptions) and a playoff berth, most fans will want to see the old gunslinger give it another go in Indianapolis. Jim Ayello, The Indianapolis Star, "Insider: 10 bold predictions for Colts season," 11 Sep. 2020 The senior gunslinger threw for 480 yards and three touchdowns without an interception against North Texas last week and could do some damage to a Texas Tech defense that struggled mightily last season. Brice Paterik, Dallas News, "Texas Tech prediction: How sharp can the Red Raiders look in their only nonconference game?," 10 Sep. 2020 Though the Houston gunslinger seems destined to finish behind Mahomes once again on the contract front, he surely is poised to win in his own way. Michael Middlehurst-schwartz, USA TODAY, "10 NFL stars next in line to land huge contracts: Deshaun Watson, Dak Prescott on deck," 9 July 2020 Leone’s stylish, Spanish-shot epic about a cheroot-chomping western gunslinger playing two rival gangs against one another starred a struggling American TV actor named Clint Eastwood as a character known as The Man With No Name. Chris Nashawaty,, "Oscar-winner Ennio Morricone, prolific composer of iconic spaghetti westerns, dies at 91," 6 July 2020 In fact, Packers nation was down on the young gunslinger after the week before in the same venue, when Green Bay went into the final game of the season with a chance to win the NFC North. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The Next Ten: Brett Favre finds Sterling Sharpe for a breakthrough playoff win over Detroit," 24 May 2020 But nothing is guaranteed against seasoned gunslinger Philip Rivers … 66 percent chance of victory. Kyle Newman, The Denver Post, "Broncos Insider: Forecasting the team’s final seven games and the probability of finishing .500," 10 Nov. 2019 Even against an inexperienced gunslinger, the Bruins were picked apart all the same. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, "Arizona freshman Grant Gunnell looks like a seasoned veteran against UCLA defense," 29 Sep. 2019 Bryce Young of Santa Ana Mater Dei and DJ Uiagalelei of Bellflower St. John Bosco were gunslingers in the mode of the Wild West. Eric Sondheimercolumnist, Los Angeles Times, "Column: QB duels, shooting stars and spring sensations highlighted prep sports," 8 Apr. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'gunslinger.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of gunslinger

1920, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about gunslinger

Time Traveler for gunslinger

Time Traveler

The first known use of gunslinger was in 1920

See more words from the same year

Statistics for gunslinger

Last Updated

17 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Gunslinger.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for gunslinger


How to pronounce gunslinger (audio)

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

Comments on gunslinger

What made you want to look up gunslinger? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Homophone Quiz

  • three bears two of them look like theyre whispering to a third bear who looks chuffed to be the center of attention
  • In order to judge how people felt, the senator's office hired a firm to take a ______.
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!