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[guhn-smith] /ˈgʌnˌsmɪθ/
a person who makes or repairs firearms.
Origin of gunsmith
First recorded in 1580-90; gun1 + smith
Related forms
gunsmithing, noun Unabridged
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  • In others boats and canoes are built, while at all the gunsmith has constant work in repairing damaged fire-arms.

    The Frontier Fort W. H. G. Kingston
  • During the day I passed at Springfield I called at a gunsmith's to purchase a rifle.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • Houiller, the French gunsmith, hit on the great idea of the cartridge.

  • The mention of the gunsmith seemed also to have a curious effect on the old man.

  • The gunsmith took the weapon, but handled it so carelessly, that it went off in his hands, and the ball caused his death.

  • My countryman asked them if he should go the gunsmith's for the pistols.

    Pelham, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • He retraced his steps, and entered the shop, spending some moments in turning over the gunsmith's various wares.

    Gabriel Conroy Bert Harte
  • In him, the mechanician and the gunsmith were impatient to serve the pilot and the fighter.

    Georges Guynemer Henry Bordeaux
  • Arrowheads of the Stone Age and medieval rapiers were ranged alongside some of the latest examples of the gunsmith's art.

    Fire-Tongue Sax Rohmer
  • The scope was mounted on the rifle in our gun shop, most probably by a gunsmith named William Sharp.

    Warren Commission (7 of 26): Hearings Vol. VII (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
British Dictionary definitions for gunsmith


a person who manufactures or repairs firearms, esp portable guns
Derived Forms
gunsmithing, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for gunsmith

1580s, from gun (n.) + smith.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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