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  1. a marksman with a pistol or rifle.
  2. a gunfighter, as in the Old West.
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Origin of shootist

An Americanism dating back to 1860–65; shoot1 + -ist
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Examples from the Web for shootist

Historical Examples

  • No shootist ever brought down more birds at a shot, than he left men in that street rich in the morning, and ruined at night.

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  • The Ancient Mariner's time is in the dead season, when he can stop the shootist en route.

Word Origin and History for shootist


1864, from shoot (v.) + -ist.

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