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[ guhn-muhn ]


, plural gun·men.
  1. a person armed with or expert in the use of a gun, gin, gun, especially one ready to use a gun gin gun unlawfully.
  2. a person who makes guns. gun.


/ ˈɡʌnmən /


  1. a man who is armed with a gun, esp unlawfully
  2. a man who is skilled with a gun
  3. a person who makes, repairs, or has expert knowledge of guns
“Collins English Dictionary — Complete & Unabridged” 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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Derived Forms

  • ˈgunmanˌship, noun
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Other Words From

  • gunman·ship noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of gunman1

First recorded in 1615–25; gun 1 + -man
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Example Sentences

The gunmen forced him from his car and sped off, police say.

Some of the activity was on the political left, such as the gunman who opened fire at a baseball field in Virginia in 2017.

Three people are dead, including a 21-year-old gunman who fatally shot his father and a driver before shooting himself, authorities said.

The gunman — who was later identified as Asa Ellington Mitchell, of Manassas — fled the home in a family member’s vehicle.

Several unidentified gunmen fired at him as he was leaving his office for an iftar party.

From Fortune

The gunman hardly broke stride as he nonetheless shot Merabet in the head, killing him.

A street sweeper was caught in the crossfire as a gunman fired at the officer, fatally wounding her in the back.

The gunman then burst from the restaurant and fled down the street with the other man.

The cops gave chase and the gunman fired the big revolver twice more.

The interior video shows the gunman firing the shot through the window.

Truth is, this drink-crazed madman was a hoodlum gunman from Chicago or Saint Louis, that had lost his nerve.

It was an absurd anticlimax to see that bold, bad gunman being jammed upright to keep him from falling in a heap.

No one was inclined to peep, and now the stage was set in a manner which seemed to satisfy the masked gunman.

The gunman backed to the outside door and flicked it open with one hand, never taking his eyes from me.

And Owen sat rigid when he saw the gunman look coldly at Randerson and clear his throat.


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