[ guhn-muhn ]
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noun,plural gun·men.
  1. a person armed with or expert in the use of a gun, especially one ready to use a gun unlawfully.

  2. a person who makes guns.

Origin of gunman

First recorded in 1615–25; gun1 + -man

Other words from gunman

  • gun·man·ship, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use gunman in a sentence

  • One of the gunmen who crouched on the floor of the rear compartment cursed quietly and without interruption for nearly a minute.

  • I fished it out and made ready, thinking, of course, that the skulker must certainly be one of Clanahan's gunmen.

    The Wreckers | Francis Lynde
  • But these fellows are a bunch of desperate scamps; gunmen, no doubt.

    Radio Boys Loyalty | Wayne Whipple
  • The cry of "outside agitators" was forgotten long enough to go outside in search of notorious gunmen and scab-herders.

    The Everett massacre | Walker C. Smith
  • "The gunmen have either moved camp or gone to town," the lad remarked to his chum when he returned to camp.

British Dictionary definitions for gunman


/ (ˈɡʌnmən) /

nounplural -men
  1. a man who is armed with a gun, esp unlawfully

  2. a man who is skilled with a gun

  1. US a person who makes, repairs, or has expert knowledge of guns

Derived forms of gunman

  • gunmanship, noun

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