shoot·​er | \ ˈshü-tər How to pronounce shooter (audio) \
plural shooters

Definition of shooter

1 : someone or something that shoots: such as
a : a person who fires a missile-discharging device (such as a rifle or bow) Each scenario begins with a spotter hitting a timer, and as soon as the scenario begins, shooters pull out their first pistol from their holster and shoot five rounds into the targets …— Isaac Hale — see also sharpshooter, trapshooter
b : the person who is shooting or whose turn it is to shoot (as in a game) If the ball carrier continues to cut across in front of the net, the goalie must move with the shooter in order to cover the angle.— Jim Hinkson — see also jump shooter
c : photographer A typical situation is photographing a tall object—a building for the architectural photographer, a saguaro cactus for the nature shooter.— Dan Richards — see also snapshooter
2 : something that is used in shooting: such as
a : revolver usually used in combination six-shooter — see also peashooter
b : a marble shot from the hand
3 : a shot of hard liquor (such as whiskey or tequila) often diluted with something (such as soda) … a pinewood bar where guests can order a Guinness draught or a whiskey shooter.— Patrice Wilding also : a small amount of food served in a shot glass Dishes like a "deconstructed taco"—lobster with avocado mousse, lime sorbet in tequila, and a clear salsa shooter—are polished without being precious … Gourmet But for fun and games and something decidedly different, order an oyster shooter—a shot glass of mango and mint puree with a tiny shucked oyster in its depths. — Elise Maclay
4 : a video game where the play is primarily focused on shooting enemies A first-person shooter is a game in which you, the player, carry a weapon into some sort of video game conflict. It can be a simulation of a battlefield, like the beaches of Normandy on D-Day.— Nick Bilton So it's hardly surprising that the military has made use of video game shooters in its training and recruiting efforts.— Peter Suderman

— see also square shooter, straight shooter

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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

First Known Use of shooter

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Shooter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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