the shooting of a gun: We heard three gunshots.
a bullet, projectile, or other shot fired from a gun.
the range of a gun: The bear was out of gunshot.


made by a gunshot.

Origin of gunshot

late Middle English word dating back to 1375–1425; see origin at gun1, shot1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for gunshot

Contemporary Examples of gunshot

Historical Examples of gunshot

  • He ran the harder, and in a few seconds would have been out of gunshot.

    Barnaby Rudge

    Charles Dickens

  • He had been taught that an animal should not bleed to death through a gunshot wound.

    The Boy Settlers

    Noah Brooks

  • He was badly hacked, and from a gunshot wound in the vitals he was bleeding to death.

    The Pirate of Panama

    William MacLeod Raine

  • But the animals are cunning and seldom expose themselves to gunshot.

    From Pole to Pole

    Sven Anders Hedin

  • Only once we heard a gunshot a great way off, and supposed them to be hunting.

    Treasure Island

    Robert Louis Stevenson

British Dictionary definitions for gunshot



  1. shot fired from a gun
  2. (as modifier)gunshot wounds
the range of a gun
the shooting of a gun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for gunshot

early 15c., "shot fired from a gun," from gun (n.) + shot (n.). Meaning "range of a gun or cannon" is from 1530s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper