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[shoo-ter] /ˈʃu tər/
a person or thing that shoots.
a marble used to shoot at other marbles in a game.
a person who sets off explosives in oil-drilling operations.
Informal. a photographer, especially an amateur hobbyist.
Origin of shooter
1250-1300; Middle English; see shoot1, -er1 Unabridged
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  • For instance, you have someone who was actually at the crime seen and you are trying to determine if they were the shooter.
  • He is an excellent shooter with the size that professional teams covet.
  • He's a consistent basketball player, a great shooter and a great leader of that team.
  • The squad car reaches the scene within minutes, but the shooter seems to be gone.
  • It is unknown if a shooter left in a vehicle or on foot.
  • Coaches should provide rosters or shooter participant cards with this number at registration.
  • The shooter was stalking an elk with a nocked arrow.
  • Active shooter situations have plagued society for decades.
  • The shooter will now continue rolling until either the point is rolled or a seven.
British Dictionary definitions for shooter


a person or thing that shoots
(slang) a gun
(cricket) a ball that unexpectedly travels low on pitching
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for shooter

shoot someone down

verb phrase

To defeat someone; thwart or ruin someone's efforts; BLOW someone OUT OF THE WATER: Woody, who had been flying along, level and smooth, was shot down in flames (1940s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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