[ guhn-fahy-ter ]

  1. 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

Words Nearby gunfighter Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use gunfighter in a sentence

  • 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 Terran was hunched over in a crouch, like an old gunfighter, shooting from the hip.

    The Sex Life of the Gods | Michael Knerr
  • 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
  • Are you a son of that Duane who was a gunfighter some years back?