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 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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In recent months, however, social media users have rushed to mistakenly link shooters and politics in cases where ideology was not believed to play a role. Amanda Seitz, Fortune, "False Claims Blur Line Between Mass Shootings, 2020 Politics," 5 Sep. 2019 Officers found one person injured in the area and were still at the scene as of 3 a.m. collecting evidence and looking for the shooter, police said. oregonlive, "2 injured in separate Portland shootings," 3 Sep. 2019 The suspect's killing brought an end to a chaotic afternoon, during which police initially reported that there were two shooters in two separate vehicles. Fox News, "At least 24 shot, 5 killed in West Texas rampage, official says; suspect dead," 31 Aug. 2019 After a mass shooter opened fire, killing 17 of their classmates and wounding many others at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, the surviving students ignited a movement to finally address America's gun violence problem. Amelia Harnish,, "Parkland Students Announce Their Sweeping Gun Control Policy Proposal," 22 Aug. 2019 Junior point guard Davide Moretti was a third-team All-Big 12 Conference selection as a sophomore, and is one of the top shooters in the country. The Si Staff,, "Identifying the Best Value Bets to Win the 2020 National Title," 15 Aug. 2019 Students her children’s age had been massacred by a crazed shooter in Connecticut. George Skelton, The Mercury News, "Skelton: The California officials working to seize guns from wackos," 13 Aug. 2019 An anti-immigrant document purportedly authored by the suspected shooter in El Paso that federal investigators are probing denounces the growing political power of Texas' large Latino community and progressive positions on immigration. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, "Scalise warns of "slippery slope" in blaming Trump's rhetoric for El Paso massacre," 11 Aug. 2019 The shooter in Dayton, Ohio was not apparently motivated by politics. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, "Why the US probably won’t pass stronger gun control laws," 10 Aug. 2019

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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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