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[guhn-sling-er] /ˈgʌnˌslɪŋ ər/
Informal. gunfighter.
Slang. a person who acts in an aggressive and decisive manner, especially in business or politics, as an investor who takes large risks in seeking large, quick gains.
Origin of gunslinger
1950-55; gun1 + sling1 + -er1
Related forms
gunslinging, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for gunslinger
  • gunslinger says they have not seen slain corpses for a couple of years, then this should be done.
  • In this western, a former gunslinger rides back to his once peaceful home town and finds it overrun with outlaws.
  • Later he encounters a crazed gunslinger and ends up fatally shot.
  • It was an offhanded revelation from this official, who is no partisan gunslinger.
British Dictionary definitions for gunslinger


(slang) a gunfighter or gunman, esp in the Old West
Derived Forms
gunslinging, noun
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Slang definitions & phrases for gunslinger


  1. An armed criminal: The gun-slinger will spend his life behind bars/ He thought of himself as a lone gunslinger, like John Wayne (1920s+)
  2. An inmate who habitually exposes himself to female guards: the sexually aggressive inmates, known as ''gunslingers'' in prison lingo (1990s+ Prison)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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