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

Related Words for gunner

shooter, soldier, marksman, artilleryman, cannoneer, rifleman

Examples from the Web for gunner

Contemporary Examples of gunner

Historical Examples of gunner

  • On this the gunner said he would go aft, and speak to Mr. Osgood on the subject.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • There he is now, bending over to speak to the gunner; you remember Louis, the gunner, don't you?

    The Downfall

    Emile Zola

  • As he stood there deep in thought, he was joined by Hagthorpe, Wolverstone, and Ogle the gunner.

    Captain Blood

    Rafael Sabatini

  • Master Leigh was cursing his gunner for having aimed too high.

    The Sea-Hawk

    Raphael Sabatini

  • A figure from the pages of Ovid, metamorphosed to a gunner of Santa Anna!

    The Strollers

    Frederic S. Isham

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper