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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In 21 incidents, unarmed civilians restrained a shooter. Michael K. Mcintyre,, "Most Americans want action on guns: What do we know about what works?," 11 Aug. 2019 No mention of policy was made as faith leaders from all over Anchorage took the mic, leading the gathering in prayers for the victims’ families, repentance on the part of the nation, and intervention for potential future shooters. Madeline Mcgee, Anchorage Daily News, "For Anchorage faith community, healing from mass shootings comes through human connection," 11 Aug. 2019 It was sandwiched between Half-Life and Deus Ex, two games that redefined the sci-fi first-person shooter. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "System Shock 2 helped define survival horror — but it’s still in a league of its own," 11 Aug. 2019 Jimmy Butler is a 30-year-old career 34-percent 3-point shooter. Ira Winderman,, "ASK IRA: Is One Last Dance 2.0 on the way?," 10 Aug. 2019 Emerson Fromm compares it to benching a hot three-point shooter. Tim Rohan,, "Finally Entrenched as Georgia's QB, Jake Fromm Embraces a Different Kind of Pressure," 9 Aug. 2019 In El Paso, Texas, a shooter killed 21 people on Saturday at a Walmart. Laney Pope, CNN, "How Cosmopolitan magazine profiled a top-secret hate group investigator," 9 Aug. 2019 The shooter and his accomplice then fled to his car and escaped the scene. Madeline Fitzgerald, Time, "Gunman With Rifle Kills 2 People on Houston Freeway in Rush Hour Traffic – Then Escapes," 9 Aug. 2019 Police believe there are two suspects at large, but only one shooter. Fox News, "Suspect at large after shooting on Texas freeway during rush hour kills 2," 9 Aug. 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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