trig·​ger·​man ˈtri-gər-mən How to pronounce triggerman (audio)
: a gunman who shoots the victim (as in a gangland murder)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web But the question is: How much of a hit will his production take with former triggerman Alex DeBrincat now an Ottawa Senator? Phil Thompson, Chicago Tribune, 12 Oct. 2022 Competition is still ongoing to see who will be the triggerman for Calhoun’s offense. al, 4 Aug. 2021 The other inmate was the triggerman in Robinson’s killing. Globe Staff,, 6 July 2022 Stopping the triggerman in Kiffin’s offense is almost an impossible task. Charles Hollis, al, 29 Oct. 2021 According to Ashley, after the shooting Lynlee claimed Michael Humphrey was the triggerman. CBS News, 12 Mar. 2022 With point guard Kyle Lowry away from the team for family reasons, Vincent was the triggerman on both the aborted first attempt and then the high-arching pass to Butler at the Heat foul line. Ira Winderman,, 3 Mar. 2022 Originally claimed to be the triggerman in all of the shootings, but later said that Muhammad was the shooter in all but the last one. CNN, 26 Jan. 2022 As a freshman, Pegues quickly became a fan favorite while carving out a role at tight end/H-back and serving as the triggerman in Auburn’s Wildcat package during Gus Malzahn’s final season as head coach. Tom Green |, al, 17 Jan. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1930, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of triggerman was circa 1930

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“Triggerman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

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