gun·sling·er | \ˈgən-ˌsliŋ-ər \

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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Case Keenum, Johnny Manziel, Baker Mayfield, Davis Webb and Patrick Mahomes are some of Kingsbury’s previous gunslingers. Carter Karels, San Antonio Express-News, "Kingsbury enters pivotal year with unusual team, vulnerable Big 12," 29 May 2018 The show has tripled our Sizemore fun in Season 2 giving him not one but two idealized robotic doppelgangers in the form of the gunslinger Hector (Rodrigo Santoro) and the ronin Musashi (Hiroyuki Sanada). Joanna Robinson, HWD, "Is Lee Sizemore Westworld’s Season 2’s Most Important Character?," 21 May 2018 Returning offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter has really channeled Stafford from being a cliché gunslinger to a more disciplined, precise player., "Fantasy Football Preseason Reports: A Scout’s Take on Every Team," 5 July 2018 Actors dressed up as Wild West gunslingers will perform mock bank robberies. Jordan Cutler-tietjen, sacbee, "How some Sacramentans will celebrate Independence Day in a town 4,000 miles from U.S.," 1 July 2018 Throughout its two seasons, HBO’s Westworld has trotted out no shortage of bad guys, from robot gunslingers to mad inventors to dialog that sputters and clunks. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "Westworld’s Real Villain Has Always Been Its Privacy Policy," 24 June 2018 Feeling the pressure, the 6-foot-4, 219-pound gunslinger threw a pass late over the middle that was quickly intercepted. Atreya Verma, azcentral, "Cardinals' Ivy League rookies eager to prove themselves at 'grown man's' level," 17 June 2018 The saloon doors opened on Madison Bumgarner’s 2018 season Tuesday night, and all the gunslingers made room. Bruce Jenkins,, "Giants: No complaints about Madison Bumgarner’s sharp comeback," 5 June 2018 Because Sanada’s Musashi is meant to be a double for Rodrigo Santoro’s Hector, the ronin’s kimono was lined with culturally inappropriate black leather in order to mimic the Western gunslinger’s costume. Joanna Robinson, HWD, "Westworld’s Secret Weapon Teases the Show’s Gay Future," 20 May 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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