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  1. a person who shoots with a gun, bow, etc.: efforts to capture the shooter.
  2. a gun (often used in combination): a six-shooter.
  3. a person who shoots a ball, puck, etc., at a goal.
  4. a thing that shoots: The meteor shower had many bright shooters.
  5. a marble used to shoot at other marbles in a game.
  6. a person who sets off explosives in oil-drilling operations.
  7. Informal. a professional or amateur photographer.
  8. first-person shooter.
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Origin of shooter

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at shoot1 -er1
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Related Words for shooter

shooter, slingshot, gunman, assassin, murderer, sniper, shoot, satellite, sub, dependent, accessory, subordinate, side, minor, subject, feeding, soldier, marksman, artilleryman, cannoneer

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British Dictionary definitions for shooter


  1. a person or thing that shoots
  2. slang a gun
  3. cricket a ball that unexpectedly travels low on pitching
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Word Origin and History for shooter


Old English sceotere "one who shoots," agent noun from shoot (v.). As a type of gun from 1812; as a small alcoholic drink, 1971. Shootee is attested from 1837.

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