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[guhn-muh n] /ˈgʌn mən/
noun, plural gunmen.
a person armed with or expert in the use of a gun, especially one ready to use a gun unlawfully.
a person who makes guns.
Origin of gunman
First recorded in 1615-25; gun1 + -man
Related forms
gunmanship, noun Unabridged
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  • The second gunman banged at the shadow where Madden was hid.

    The Cruise of the Dry Dock T. S. Stribling
  • You are known from one end of the country to the other as a gunman.

    Nan of Music Mountain Frank H. Spearman
  • But the gray eyes, hard as those of a gunman, showed no trace of intoxication.

    Oh, You Tex! William Macleod Raine
  • A gunman he was, from Texas, and—well, they carried the gambler out.

    The Trail to Yesterday Charles Alden Seltzer
  • This Bandy Walker was a gunman and a rough-and-tumble fighter.

    The Fighting Edge William MacLeod Raine
British Dictionary definitions for gunman


noun (pl) -men
a man who is armed with a gun, esp unlawfully
a man who is skilled with a gun
(US) a person who makes, repairs, or has expert knowledge of guns
Derived Forms
gunmanship, noun
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Word Origin and History for gunman

1620s, from gun (n.) + man (n.). In early American English use, especially of Indian warriors.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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