shoot·​er | \ ˈshü-tər How to pronounce shooter (audio) \

Definition of shooter

1 : one that shoots: such as
a : a person who fires a missile-discharging device (such as a rifle or bow)
b : the person who is shooting or whose turn it is to shoot
2 : something that is used in shooting: such as
a : a marble shot from the hand
b : revolver usually used in combination six-shooter
3 : a shot of hard liquor (such as whiskey or tequila) often diluted with something (such as soda) also : a bit of food (such as a raw oyster) served in a shot glass

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Synonyms for shooter


marksman, sharpshooter, shot

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Examples of shooter in a Sentence

The police are looking for the shooter. there were eight shooters taking turns at the same target in the final competition

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Before being rushed to a nearby hospital to have her injuries assessed, Marisol identified her daughter Torres as the shooter, Henkel said during the conference. Robyn Merrett,, "Florida Woman Arrested After Allegedly Shooting Her 7-Year-Old Daughter and Stepfather to Death," 24 June 2019 While Fernando didn’t take a lot of of 3-point shots (4-for-13 in his career, including 3-for-10 last season), Fernando’s 76.3% career free-throw shooting rate is an indication of his potential as a perimeter shooter. Don Markus,, "Maryland's Bruno Fernando picked No. 34 by the 76ers, likely headed to Hawks," 21 June 2019 Hickman is really polished as a shooter and is able to score on the drive with both hands consistently. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "HS notebook: How tweak to IHSAA tournament success factor affects sectional realignment," 18 June 2019 For something as sensitive to latency as a first-person shooter, seeing is believing. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Project Xcloud demo of Halo 5 nearly indistinguishable from local play," 10 June 2019 The victim identified her as the shooter, according to a Sheriff’s Office report. Michelle Hunter,, "Algiers woman shot ex-boyfriend in head after breakup: JPSO," 6 June 2019 Officials found a handgun believed to have been used during the shooting, identified the suspected shooter and arrested three men, sheriff's office spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn said. Rebekah Sanders, azcentral, "Teen girl fatally shot north of Prescott near Chino Valley," 16 June 2019 Authorities identified the alleged shooter as Rolfy Ferreyra, aka Sandy. Fox News, "Dem outrage - and hypocrisy, critics say - follow Trump's comments on foreign dirt on 2020 rivals," 13 June 2019 But the roster has shooters in Markkanen, LaVine and Porter who need someone with great court awareness, passing ability and ability to facilitate. K.c. Johnson,, "Bulls Q&A: Is a Lonzo Ball trade happening? How about signing D'Angelo Russell or Derrick Rose in free agency?," 13 June 2019

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First Known Use of shooter

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of shooter

: a person who shoots a weapon
: a person who throws, kicks, or hits a ball or puck
: a small amount (called a shot) of liquor (such as whiskey or tequila) often mixed with another liquid

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