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[guhn-fahy-ter] /ˈgʌnˌfaɪ tər/
a person highly skilled in the use of a gun and a veteran of many gunfights, especially one living during the frontier days of the American West.
Origin of gunfighter
An Americanism dating back to 1890-95; gun1 + fighter Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • This man had a long record as a gunfighter to prove him a desperate man.

    Brand Blotters William MacLeod Raine
  • Are you a son of that Duane who was a gunfighter some years back?

  • He was bound to go that way sooner or later, but you're not going to ride a bucker, and you're not a gunfighter.

    Ewing\'s Lady Harry Leon Wilson
  • And drawing closer his right hand gripped his gun and the trembling passion of the gunfighter set him shuddering.

    Gunman's Reckoning Max Brand
  • Your Ambassador seems to be making quite a reputation for himself as a gunfighter.

    Lone Star Planet Henry Beam Piper and John Joseph McGuire
  • The gunfighter let two six-shooters slip from his waist when he entered, depositing them carefully on a chair.

    The Sheriff of Badger George B. Pattullo

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