[ guhn-er ]
/ ˈgʌn ər /


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.

Origin of gunner

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


gun·ner·ship, nounun·der·gun·ner, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for gunner

/ (ˈɡʌnə) /


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 forms of gunner

gunnership, noun
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