[ guhn-er ]
See synonyms for gunner on
  1. a person who operates a gun or cannon.

  2. Army. an occupational title in the artillery.

  1. Navy. a person skilled in handling ammunition and gunnery equipment.

  2. Marine Corps. a warrant officer who may be given any one of a number of assignments.

  3. British.

    • Military. a private in the artillery.

    • Informal. any officer or enlisted person assigned to the artillery.

  4. a person who hunts with a gun.

Origin of gunner

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

Other words from gunner

  • gun·ner·ship, noun
  • un·der·gun·ner, noun

Words Nearby gunner Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use gunner in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for gunner


/ (ˈɡʌnə) /

  1. a serviceman who works with, uses, or specializes in guns

  2. navy (formerly) a warrant officer responsible for the training of gun crews, their performance in action, and accounting for ammunition

  1. (in the British Army) an artilleryman, esp a private: Abbreviation: gnr

  2. a person who hunts with a rifle or shotgun

Derived forms of gunner

  • gunnership, noun

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