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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for gunfighter

Historical Examples of gunfighter

  • This man had a long record as a gunfighter to prove him a desperate man.

    Brand Blotters

    William MacLeod Raine

  • Are you a son of that Duane who was a gunfighter some years back?

  • 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

  • And drawing closer his right hand gripped his gun and the trembling passion of the gunfighter set him shuddering.

  • Your Ambassador seems to be making quite a reputation for himself as a gunfighter.

    Lone Star Planet

    Henry Beam Piper and John Joseph McGuire