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 combinationsix-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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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
Recent Examples on the Web Officers Norton and Dugan quickly responded to the store on a report of an active shooter, according to LMPD. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "Family of man whom LMPD officers shot at a Kroger in 2019 still seek records on his death," 12 July 2020 Osman, who had signed a team-friendly contract extension in October, was put in a box as primarily a shooter within Cleveland’s offense. Cameron Fields, cleveland, "Cedi Osman didn’t have a steady role during the season, but had pockets of effectiveness: Cleveland Cavaliers Season Review," 8 July 2020 The golfer was treated at St. Agnes Hospital in Fond du Lac and released Names of the shooter and golfer were not released. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Golfer wounded in woodchuck shooting mishap," 6 July 2020 As a right-handed shooter, carry the pistol at approximately 12:30. Chris Mudgett, Outdoor Life, "You Just Purchased a Handgun for Personal Defense, Now What?," 1 July 2020 Several witnesses identified Lopez, who had frequented the park, as the shooter. Lucas Aulbach, USA TODAY, "What we know about Steven Lopez, the suspect in the fatal Louisville protest shooting," 29 June 2020 On June 16, a Crime Stoppers tip from an anonymous caller identified Crew as the shooter, according to an affidavit. Jacob Beltran,, "Suspect in North Side bar shooting that injured 8 extradited from Florida," 29 June 2020 The shooter is still at large, according to police. Meredith Spelbring, Detroit Free Press, "19-year-old passenger killed after shots were fired from another car in Detroit," 4 July 2020 Detectives are still working to determine what led to the incident, but police said the shooter and the victim may both have been in romantic relationships with a woman who lived at the home. Tom Steele, Dallas News, "Man killed in shooting after taking gun to Arlington home, police say," 30 June 2020

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First Known Use of shooter

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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28 Jul 2020

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“Shooter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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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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