shoot·​er | \ ˈshü-tər \

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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The family has also asked for city officials to apologize for mistakenly identifying Bradford as a shooter. German Lopez, Vox, "After a mall shooting, police killed the wrong person — and the real shooter remains at large," 26 Nov. 2018 Williams identified 24-year-old Baltimore resident and tournament competitor David Katz as the shooter. Megan Geuss And Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Mass shooting at Florida Madden tournament leaves multiple casualties [Updated]," 26 Aug. 2018 The surveillance camera recorded both video and audio of the shooting and two customers in the parking lot identified Young as the shooter. Michael Graczyk, Fox News, "San Antonio store owner's killer set for execution," 17 July 2018 Coaches always put a premium on defense and the coaching staff is encouraged that Johnson is putting in the work necessary to improve as a shooter. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons Glenn Robinson III coming for starting forward spot," 14 July 2018 The same witness subsequently identified Bester as the shooter, the warrant said. David Owens,, "Warrant: Bloomfield Man Kills Hartford Man Rather Than Pay For Damage To Car," 12 July 2018 Investigators used footage from some of the about 200 cameras inside and outside the store and motor vehicle information to identify Ostrem as the shooter and track him down. Washington Post, "Judge: Colorado Walmart triple killing case will go to trial," 29 June 2018 The teen identified Cruz as the shooter, and is now a key witness against the defendant. David Ovalle, miamiherald, "'Something bad is about to happen.' Parkland shooter warned student just before carnage," 22 June 2018 While hardly prolific, Ayton’s accomplishments as a shooter underscore his versatility. David Murphy,, "NBA draft: Deandre Ayton leads crew of big-man prospects," 20 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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