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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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
Recent Examples on the Web When the Clippers tried different tactics, often sending a second defender, the ball either found Ayton by the rim or an open shooter behind the three-point line. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, 20 June 2021 Police said the shooter opened fire, inches away from the children, around 6:45 p.m. ET Thursday in front of 1551 Sheridan Ave. Nicole Acevedo, NBC News, 19 June 2021 Police said Salazar had been arguing with the unidentified shooter before he was shot. Gabriella Ybarra, San Antonio Express-News, 19 June 2021 Investigators believe the shooter intentionally sought out the victim. CBS News, 19 June 2021 Wednesday’s performance sees Simmons become the worst free throw shooter in past season history with at least 67 attempts. Zack Jones, Forbes, 18 June 2021 The shooter appeared to be targeting victims at random, according to local news reports. Julian Mark, Anchorage Daily News, 18 June 2021 The shooter appeared to be targeting victims at random, according to local news reports. Washington Post, 18 June 2021 The shooter left the JW Marriott hotel immediately after, prosecutors said. Sarah Nelson, The Indianapolis Star, 17 June 2021

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First Known Use of shooter

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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23 Jun 2021

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“Shooter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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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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