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[guhn-muh n] /ˈgʌn mən/
noun, plural gunmen.
a person armed with or expert in the use of a gun, especially one ready to use a gun unlawfully.
a person who makes guns.
Origin of gunman
1615-25; gun1 + -man
Related forms
gunmanship, noun Unabridged
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  • The gunman sprinted to a motorcycle, where a driver was waiting for him, and hopped on the back seat.
  • The gunman locks and loads, strafes the reservation with explosive shells.
  • Thirty more people were killed before the gunman killed himself.
  • Looking through the rifle's telescopic sight, the gunman then estimates the distance from this object to the target.
  • Nobody there blames anyone but the gunman for the shooting.
  • The gunman was captured alive, but was killed by suffocation after being bundled into a police van.
  • There are some signs that the killing was planned, not simply the act of a single crazed gunman as the official version has it.
  • His conclusion-that a lone gunman did it-infuriated conspiracy theorists.
  • The security guard rushes into the unit and the gunman shoots him in the leg.
  • As he ran, while looking over his shoulder at the gunman, he was struck in the face with a bullet.
British Dictionary definitions for gunman


noun (pl) -men
a man who is armed with a gun, esp unlawfully
a man who is skilled with a gun
(US) a person who makes, repairs, or has expert knowledge of guns
Derived Forms
gunmanship, noun
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Word Origin and History for gunman

1620s, from gun (n.) + man (n.). In early American English use, especially of Indian warriors.

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