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gunslinger

Definition:

a professional killer who uses a gun

Class:

person noun (people)

Plural:

gunslingers

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

gun | gun for hire | gunman [masculine] | hired gun | hit man [masculine] | hitman [masculine] | pistolero [masculine, Spanish] | shooter | torpedo | triggerman [masculine] | gunsel [informal, United States]

Etymology:

gun + slinger
(Source: Wiktionary)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Gunfighter | gunslinger | Gunman

20th-century words, used in cinema or literature, referring to men in the American Old West who had gained a reputation as being dangerous with a gun. Gunman was a common term used for these individuals in the 19th century. Noted amateur etymologist... (42 of 5694 words, pronunciation, 4 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Gunfighter

Gunslinger (disambiguation)

usually refers to the Old West profession. It may also refer to: The Gunslinger, a 1982 Stephen King book | "Gunslinger" (Ed Dorn poem) | Gunslinger (American football), American football term | Gunslinger (1956 film), a 1956 Western film | Gunslinger ... (37 of 187 words, 14 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Gunslinger (disambiguation)

Collins Dictionary:

gunslinger [slang] | gunslinging [noun, derived]

a gunfighter or gunman, especially in the Old West (9 of 417 words, 7 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/gunslinger

Oxford Dictionary:

gunslinger | gunslinging [derived]

[informal] : (especially in the context of the American Wild West) a man who carries and readily uses a gun | a forceful and adventurous participant ... (25 of 69 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/gunslinger

Merriam-Webster:

gunslinger

a person noted for speed and skill in handling and shooting a gun especially in the American West (18 of 48 words, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/gunslinger

Wiktionary:

gunslinger | gunslingers [plural]

In the Old West: a person who carried a gun and was an expert at the quick draw. | In modern usage: a person who behaves with the bravado expected of someone who would duel with guns. (36 of 37 words, 2 definitions)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/gunslinger

Macmillan British Dictionary:

gunslinger [countable, informal] | gunslingers [plural]

a gunman in the American Wild West in the past (10 of 36 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/gunslinger

Random House Dictionary:

gunslinger | gunfighter [informal, synonym, sense-specific]

[informal] gunfighter | [slang] a person who acts in an aggressive and decisive manner, especially in business or politics, as an investor who takes ... (23 of 35 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/gunslinger

Cambridge Dictionary:

gunslinger

especially in the past in North America, someone who is good at shooting guns and is employed for protection or to kill people (23 of 29 words, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/gunslinger

New World Dictionary:

gunman | gunmen [plural] | gunslinger [United States, slang, sense-specific]

[United States] a man armed with a gun, especially an armed gangster or hired killer | a man skilled in the use of a gun (24 of 27 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/gunman

American Heritage Dictionary:

gunslinger | gunslinging [noun, related]

One who is armed with a gun, especially an outlaw. (10 of 13 words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/gunslinger

Britannica Encyclopedia:

gun [weapon]

weapon consisting essentially of a metal tube from which a missile or projectile is shot by the force of exploding gunpowder or some other propellant. ... (25 of 110 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/249356​/gun

Columbia Encyclopedia:

gun

in general, any weapon that discharges shot, shells, or bullets by the explosion of gunpowder or some other explosive from a straight tube. See ... (24 of 30 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/history​/A​0822165​.html

Encarta Dictionary:

gunslinger [informal] | gunslingers [plural] | gunslinging [noun, derived]

an armed fighter or criminal, especially in the frontier days of the Wild West (14 of 31 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861615867​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Wiktionary:

gunslinger | gunslingers [plural]

Origin: gun + slinger

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/gunslinger

gun | guns [plural] | gunned [past tense] | gunning [present participle]

Origin: Middle English Lady Gunilda which was a huge crossbow that used powerful shot. It later became used for firearms like cannons and muskets. The Germanic woman's name "Gundahild", cognate to modern Scandinavian Gunhild, means "war" + "battle... (37 of 43 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/gun

Online Etymology:

gun

First use: mid-14th century

Origin: [noun] gunne "an engine of war that throws rocks, arrows or other ... | [verb] "to shoot with a gun", 1620s, from "gun" (Noun); the sense of "to ... (29 of 188 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=gun

American Heritage Dictionary:

gun | gunned [past tense] | gunning [present participle] | guns [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English gonne, cannon, short for Gunilda, woman's name applied to a siege engine, from Old Norse Gunnhildr, ... (18 of 29 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/gun

Collins Dictionary:

gun | gin

First use: 14th century | 13th century

Origin: probably from a female pet name shortened from the Scandinavian name Gunnhildr (from Old Norse gunnr war + hildr war) | gyn, shortened from engine

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/gun

slinger | sling

First use: 13th century

Origin: perhaps of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse slyngva to hurl, Old High German slingan

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/slinger

New World Dictionary:

gun | gunned [past tense] | gunning [present participle]

Origin: Middle English gunne, gonne, contraction from gonnilde, a 14th-century cannon from Old Norse Gunnhildr, feminine name ( ... (17 of 26 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/gun

Oxford Dictionary:

gun | gunned [past tense] | gunning [present participle] | guns [3rd-person singular present] | gun someone down

Origin: Middle English gunne, gonne, perhaps from a pet form of the Scandinavian name Gunnhildr, from gunnr + hildr, both meaning "war"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/gun

Merriam-Webster:

gun [entry 1, noun]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English gonne, gunne

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/gun

Encarta Dictionary:

gun | guns [plural] | gunned [past tense] | gunning [present participle]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Probably from Scandinavian name Gunnhildr from gunnr "battle" + hildr "war", from the custom of giving women's names to weapons

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861615825​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

gunslinger [slang]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "gunslinger"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/gunslinger

Macmillan British Dictionary:

gunslinger [countable, informal] | gunslingers [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "gunslinger"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/gunslinger

Macmillan American Dictionary:

gunslinger [countable, informal] | gunslingers [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "gunslinger"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/gunslinger

Cambridge Dictionary:

gunslinger

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "gunslinger"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "gunslinger"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/gunslinger

the Free Dictionary:

gunslinger

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "gunslinger"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "gunslinger"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "gunslinger" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/gunslinger

Google Dictionary:

gunslinger | gunslingers [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "gunslinger"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=gunslinger

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

gunslinger

Audio: North American pronunciation of "gunslinger"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=gunsli​01 word=gunslinger

YourDictionary Audio:

gunslinger

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "gunslinger"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/gunslinger

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