[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.

Origin of gunman

First recorded in 1615–25; gun1 + -man
Related formsgun·man·ship, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for gunman

assassin, sniper, killer, triggerman, gunslinger, torpedo

Examples from the Web for gunman

Contemporary Examples of gunman

Historical Examples of gunman

  • The second gunman banged at the shadow where Madden was hid.

  • You are known from one end of the country to the other as a gunman.

    Nan of Music Mountain

    Frank H. Spearman

  • But the gray eyes, hard as those of a gunman, showed no trace of intoxication.

    Oh, You Tex!

    William Macleod Raine

  • A gunman he was, from Texas, and—well, they carried the gambler out.

    The Trail to Yesterday

    Charles Alden Seltzer

  • This Bandy Walker was a gunman and a rough-and-tumble fighter.

    The Fighting Edge

    William MacLeod Raine

British Dictionary definitions for 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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper