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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Few fans of the N64 shooter Turok realized the character had begun life as a comic book. Michael Thompson, Ars Technica, "Drawn together: The love affair between comics and games," 24 Dec. 2018 There’s training for a wild animal in the school, for high wind, for an active shooter. Loren Kleinman And Amye Archer, Marie Claire, "I’m a Survivor of Sandy Hook. This Is What The Past Six Years Have Been Like.," 14 Dec. 2018 The shooter was generally well-regarded at the time, sure, but mostly for its comic book art style and neo-noir trappings. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Lego Star Wars returns, Ubisoft gives away Assassin's Creed: Unity after Notre Dame fire," 15 Apr. 2019 Last year, on February 14th, 17 people died when an active shooter opened fire on the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Parkland Shooting Survivor Took Her Own Life After Suffering from PTSD," 22 Mar. 2019 The shooter was in a relationship with O’Neal, and confronted her in the parking lot before shooting her, according to the Tribune. German Lopez, Vox, "Mercy Hospital shooting in Chicago: what we know," 20 Nov. 2018 Statistically speaking, most schools aren’t going to have an active shooter. Lara Sorokanich, Popular Mechanics, "The Popular Mechanics Guide to Safer Schools," 1 Aug. 2018 In the United States, facial recognition is in use—it was recently used to identify the Capital Gazette shooter in Maryland—by some law enforcement and also at some airports. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "UK cops used facial recognition at show, found someone with outstanding warrant," 29 Aug. 2018 Within one minute of 911 calls about a shooter at the Capital Gazette newspaper office in Annapolis on Thursday afternoon, police officers were arriving at the building. Pamela Wood,, "Quick police response to Capital Gazette shooting partly by design, partly by luck," 30 June 2018

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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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