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  1. a person who makes or repairs firearms.
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Origin of gunsmith

First recorded in 1580–90; gun1 + smith
Related formsgun·smith·ing, noun
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Examples from the Web for gunsmith

Historical Examples of gunsmith

  • During the day I passed at Springfield I called at a gunsmith's to purchase a rifle.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • Often did they question us, if there was not a gunsmith among us.

    Perils and Captivity

    Charlotte-Adlade [ne Picard] Dard

  • The mention of the gunsmith seemed also to have a curious effect on the old man.

  • Barricades were thrown up and the gunsmith shops were sacked.

  • My countryman asked them if he should go the gunsmith's for the pistols.

    Pelham, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

British Dictionary definitions for gunsmith


  1. a person who manufactures or repairs firearms, esp portable guns
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Derived Formsgunsmithing, noun
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Word Origin and History for gunsmith


1580s, from gun (n.) + smith.

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