a person who operates a gun or cannon.
Army. an occupational title in the artillery.
Navy. a person skilled in handling ammunition and gunnery equipment.
Marine Corps. a warrant officer who may be given any one of a number of assignments.
  1. Military.a private in the artillery.
  2. Informal.any officer or enlisted person assigned to the artillery.
a person who hunts with a gun.

Nearby words

  1. gunnar,
  2. gunnbjørn,
  3. gunned,
  4. gunnel,
  5. gunnell,
  6. gunnera,
  7. gunnery,
  8. gunnery sergeant,
  9. gunning,
  10. gunny

Origin of gunner

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50; see origin at gun1, -er1

Related formsgun·ner·ship, nounun·der·gun·ner, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for gunner



a serviceman who works with, uses, or specializes in guns
navy (formerly) a warrant officer responsible for the training of gun crews, their performance in action, and accounting for ammunition
(in the British Army) an artilleryman, esp a privateAbbreviation: gnr
a person who hunts with a rifle or shotgun
Derived Formsgunnership, noun

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Word Origin and History for gunner



mid-14c., gonner "one who works a cannon," agent noun from gun.

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