a battle between two or more people or groups armed with guns, especially a confrontation between two gunfighters using revolvers in the frontier days of the American West.

Origin of gunfight

First recorded in 1650–60; gun1 + fight Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of gunfight

Historical Examples of gunfight

  • The gunfight destroyed his faith in his ability to do it—or most of it, anyway.

    The Draw

    Jerome Bixby

  • Natural target in a gunfight, and in a rough-and-tumble it gets them all tangled up.


    Henry Beam Piper and John Joseph McGuire

British Dictionary definitions for gunfight



mainly US a fight between persons using firearms
Derived Formsgunfighter, noungunfighting, noun
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