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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Spence’s family told police a man named Smokey was the shooter. David Owens,, "Argument On Facebook Live Leads To Homicide," 12 July 2018 If that’s the worst shooter on the floor, expect nightmares for opponents. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "Who should start for Kentucky? A look at four possible 2018-19 lineups," 25 June 2018 When it was discovered that the shooters were fans of Marilyn Manson, the heat came down so hard on the singer that he felt compelled to write a story in Rolling Stone defending himself. Cam Wolf, GQ, "After the Santa Fe School Shooting, the Culprit Is...Trench Coats?," 22 May 2018 None of the Bad Boys were prolific outside shooters, at least not enough to take advantage of the 4-pointers. Kirkland Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "Who wins if Detroit Pistons, Michigan, MSU created localBig3 league?," 11 July 2018 The alleged shooter, Anthony Grable, was a third employee at the job site. Lynn Horsley, kansascity, "Man critically wounded in Overland Park school playground shooting out of hospital," 11 July 2018 Six of the 11 people present in the office when the shooter, who police suspect is 38-year-old Jarrod Ramos, survived. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Capital Gazette: Slain reporter charged shooter with trash can, saved lives," 9 July 2018 High-level shooter, sneaky rebounder, can play the four or the five. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Q&A: John Henson excited about additions of Ersan Ilyasova, Brook Lopez," 9 July 2018 Because there were concerns about a shooter, about three dozen officers deployed along with fire crews. Howard Blume,, "Fight at Ontario Mills mall sparks panic and leads to evacuation," 8 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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to clear from alleged fault or guilt

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