gun·​sling·​ing ˈgən-ˌsliŋ-iŋ How to pronounce gunslinging (audio)
: the shooting of a gun especially in a gunfight

Examples of gunslinging in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the gunslinging and other action beats are functional at best. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 5 Nov. 2023 The gunslinging period drama, originally slated as a standalone series for Paramount+, shifted to an anthology format in April. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, 13 Oct. 2023 Her long career of journalistic gunslinging — taking aim at corrupt powerful men, firing off stories and taking home trophies, including a Pulitzer Prize — now seems to belong to a vanishing era of American newspapers. Alex Traub, New York Times, 29 Sep. 2023 European settlers later adopted the style, and eventually, the cowboys associated with the gunslinging, horseback ways of the Wild West gave us leather chaps. Jake Woolf, Robb Report, 9 Feb. 2023 And experiences for travelers have leveled up beyond the gunslinging saloon, too. Krista Simmons, Sunset Magazine, 6 Dec. 2022 And if all the above weren’t enough to curtail even the most gunslinging of public pension fund managers, digital assets programmed with multiple properties may create hazards uniquely difficult to overcome. Edward Siedle, Forbes, 3 Oct. 2022 The Sisters Brothers – Eli and Charlie Sisters, an infamous duo of gunslinging assassins, chase a gold prospector and his unexpected ally in 1850s Oregon. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 2 May 2022 Even in scenes riffing on the ’90s action movies that made Cage a household name—all shoot-outs, car chases, and gunslinging standoffs—Cage and Pascal are magnetic to watch for their earnestness. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, 29 Apr. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1944, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gunslinging was circa 1944

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“Gunslinging.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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