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[shoo-ter] /ˈʃu tər/
a person who shoots with a gun, bow, etc.:
efforts to capture the shooter.
a gun (often used in combination):
a six-shooter.
a person who shoots a ball, puck, etc., at a goal.
a thing that shoots:
The meteor shower had many bright shooters.
a marble used to shoot at other marbles in a game.
a person who sets off explosives in oil-drilling operations.
Informal. a professional or amateur photographer.
Origin of shooter
Middle English word dating back to 1250-1300; See origin at shoot1-er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • "You're more of a sprinter than a shooter, if I'm any judge," said Locke.

    Isle o' Dreams Frederick F. Moore
  • At last, the shooter took the weapon from his shoulder and opened the action.

    The Best Made Plans Everett B. Cole
  • Another run, backed up by a shooter from the left foot of Turnbull, settled the great International for that year at anyrate.

  • Give me the shooter, an' I'll guarantee to pay any price for it.

    Down the Slope James Otis
  • It ain't often Steve ain't able to get about and lift his shooter.

    Indian and Scout F. S. Brereton
British Dictionary definitions for shooter


a person or thing that shoots
(slang) a gun
(cricket) a ball that unexpectedly travels low on pitching
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for shooter

Old English sceotere "one who shoots," agent noun from shoot (v.). As a type of gun from 1812; as a small alcoholic drink, 1971. Shootee is attested from 1837.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for shooter
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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