gunman

[guhn-muh n]

noun, plural gun·men.

a person armed with or expert in the use of a gun, especially one ready to use a gun unlawfully.
a person who makes guns.

Nearby words

  1. gunk,
  2. gunk hole,
  3. gunky,
  4. gunlock,
  5. gunmaker,
  6. gunmetal,
  7. gunn,
  8. gunn effect,
  9. gunn's dot,
  10. gunn's sign

Origin of gunman

First recorded in 1615–25; gun1 + -man

Related formsgun·man·ship, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for gunman

gunman

noun plural -men

a man who is armed with a gun, esp unlawfully
a man who is skilled with a gun
US a person who makes, repairs, or has expert knowledge of guns
Derived Formsgunmanship, noun

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Word Origin and History for gunman

gunman

n.

1620s, from gun (n.) + man (n.). In early American English use, especially of Indian warriors.

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