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

Example Sentences

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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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Cite this Entry

“Gunslinging.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Feb. 2023.

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