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

c : photographer

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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And shouldn't the Heat get two more Ellington type shooters? -- Stuart. Ira Winderman,, "ASK IRA: Should Heat draw a (hard) line at draft assets?," 14 July 2018 Second, Ayton commanded an inordinate amount of defensive attention, something that shouldn’t happen in the regular season when he’s surrounded by better players and shooters. Scott Bordow, azcentral, "Phoenix Suns' summer-league takeaways: Deandre Ayton's progress, efforts of Davon Reed, Shaq Harrison," 13 July 2018 According to Alathari, schools have been engaging in threat assessment since Columbine, when the Secret Service released the original study on school shooters. Kolbe Nelson, CBS News, "Secret Service issues "actionable" guide to help identify students who may be a threat," 12 July 2018 For more than two decades, the agency's National Threat Assessment Center has studied incidents of serious school violence, including the only comprehensive program for interviewing every surviving student shooter. NBC News, "It's not 'snitching': Secret Service says students can help prevent gun violence," 11 July 2018 If a bad shooter is taking a bad shot, doing the dirty work of hitting the closest opponent for rebound position is the priority. J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, "Jaren Jackson Jr. sits in middle of Grizzlies' efforts to rebuild grit-and-grind identity," 11 July 2018 Coroner: YouTube shooter shot herself through the heart. Fox News, "FOX NEWS FIRST: Trump Supreme pick Kavanaugh prepping for confirmation war; FBI lovebirds facing hot seat," 10 July 2018 The Kings must be active in the trade market If the Bulls do not match the offer, the Kings would have a viable trade piece in Hield, a great perimeter shooter still on his rookie contract. Jason Jones, sacbee, "How Zach LaVine's signing would affect Kings, from roster competition to trades," 6 July 2018 Folin, 27, a righthanded shooter who has spent four seasons in the NHL, will battle for a regular spot in training camp but will likely be the team’s seventh defenseman. Sam Carchidi,, "Flyers sign Christian Folin, a righthanded defenseman," 5 July 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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