Definition of gunner in English:



  • 1A member of the armed forces who operates or specializes in guns.

    • ‘Every legion was of 50 men. 25 riflemen, 10 gunners, 5 snipers and 10 explosive.’
    • ‘Laser simulators have also sharply enhanced training realism for tank gunners and infantry small arms.’
    • ‘The 148 Btry. consists of radio operators, gunners, and a support staff.’
    • ‘Cramped in the tank for 36 hours at a time, he and a gunner, radio operator and Commander helped to hold a bridge outside the town.’
    • ‘He was a gunner and wireless operator in the 18th Armoured Regiment in Sherman Tanks.’
    • ‘Indeed, the wartime German school for gunners and crewmen lasted a full month, with a relatively small portion of the instruction devoted to actual live fire marksmanship.’
    • ‘You should nominate your best marksmen as snipers while your all-arounders act as assault gunners or sappers.’
    • ‘Squads of combat-equipped troops toting assault rifles and columns of Humvees with gunners at the ready crisscross its flooded streets.’
    • ‘When the mines had detonated the machine gunners and everybody else opened fire.’
    • ‘Only the shock of the explosions and the occasional back blast of dust when a gunner opened fire reminded us we were in the midst of the most desperate urban battle since the fall of Baghdad.’
    • ‘Eight basic character types are available, from the infantryman common to all game maps, NCO specialists, support troopers, machine gunners, snipers and paratroopers.’
    • ‘Today, September 7, is a special day for 3L gunners around the country.’
    • ‘Either the gunner or the commander operates the turret control system.’
    • ‘The team leader made his decision quickly, and ordered his three gunners to open fire.’
    • ‘Because of his blazing speed, Foster also will be used as a gunner on special-teams coverages.’
    • ‘The gunners had all opened fire at more or less the same time.’
    • ‘At the age of 16 he was called up for war service as an anti-aircraft gunner and was taken prisoner.’
    • ‘The gunner can operate either from within the vehicle or from a remote position up to 80 meters away.’
    • ‘Furthermore, each team member should be capable of assuming at least one other team member's duties, to include radio telephone operators, machine gunners, and drivers.’
    • ‘The gunners spotted his jeep from the high peaks and targeted it - just for fun.’
    1. 1.1 (in the British army) an artillery soldier (used especially as an official term for a private).
      • ‘A total of 515 Royal Marine Commandos and gunners from RM Condor in Arbroath will spend the winter in Pristina helping the population to rebuild their country and restore a degree of normality.’
      • ‘Although the gunners may have a restricted field of fire, the flash, smoke or dust from the weapon firing will not be seen from outside.’
      • ‘More than 300 gunners from seven artillery units lined the road outside the cathedral.’
      • ‘The Cape Corps provided gunners for the Coast Garrison Force.’
      • ‘Stuart Mason, 19, was due to fly out to Iraq next month to help the allied security forces as a gunner with the Territorial Army.’
      • ‘Finally, British gunners had perfected the ‘creeping barrage’ - an advancing line of gunfire behind whose cover the infantry could assault to within yards of the enemy positions.’
      • ‘In 1939 he joined the Territorial Army as a gunner, rising to the unlikely rank of Iroop Sergeant Major - apparently on the strength of his commanding voice.’
      • ‘Janey, a retired weaver, said John, who served in the Territorial Army as a gunner in the Second World War, would be looking down on the thieves in disgust.’
      • ‘Tom Dwyer, a gunner in the army, remembers driving onto Sword beach, on WW2 People's War.’
      • ‘They will be joining nearly 150 Territorial Army gunners from across the country to form 220 Battery which is being sent to guard the Shaibah Logistics Base, eight kilometres south-west of Basra.’
      • ‘So, after gaining an insight into the School of Artillery, it seems making a good gunner involves much tenacity, endurance and substantially more than a desire to watch things explode.’
      • ‘For Gray, Kate Buckingham said he had won commendations during his long service in the Army as a gunner.’
      • ‘Some time in the late afternoon of 9 September 1513, it had been fired by English gunners against the army of James IV of Scotland, who himself was to die before the day was done.’
      • ‘If McBride was a gunner - a private soldier in the Royal Artillery - he possibly came from Newry.’
      • ‘A British gunner died after his light armoured vehicle slid down a crumbling bank and overturned.’
    2. 1.2 A member of an aircraft crew who operates a gun, especially (formerly) in a gun turret on a bomber.
      • ‘The gunner's ejection seat, however, was retained and can be occupied by an instructor or flight examiner.’
      • ‘Even though the ball turret gunner forgot to level his guns, we crash landed with out incident.’
      • ‘This method had its dangers since the P38 was subjecting itself to antiaircraft fire from defenders as well as gunners aboard the Japanese bombers.’
      • ‘He flew 27 missions as a gunner on board Lancaster bombers before being selected in March 1943 for the now legendary 617 Squadron.’
      • ‘There are several roles players can take on such as a fighter pilot, turret gunner, bomber, ship captain and base defender to name a few.’
      • ‘My top turret gunner tracked him and kept firing until he saw him smoking, then bursting into flames and spinning toward the earth and then crashing.’
      • ‘But the 17th mission proved to be the last the gunner and his 10 fellow crew members would fly.’
      • ‘He crawled back into the Mitchell and found the badly-injured turret gunner still inside.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, Doug Sample, a Canadian veteran of the war, who served as a gunner in Halifax bombers of the Canadian 415 Squadron, has made his 20th visit to York.’
      • ‘The flights were in trail, too far away from any gunners in our particular flight.’
      • ‘My boyhood dream was to be a tail gunner in the Royal Air Force.’
      • ‘The visibility was limited for this gun and the top turret gunner provided adequate coverage of that area anyway.’
      • ‘In World War II, anxious bomber crewmembers advised their gunners to use up the entire 27-foot-long machine-gun ammo belt on a persistent target.’
      • ‘Allied fighters could not touch it, and it presented bomber gunners with a near impossible leading aim calculation.’
      • ‘About the same time, the tail gunner calmly reported that he had been hit.’
      • ‘He flew 56 dangerous missions over Germany as a rear gunner on a Lancaster bomber.’
      • ‘Reg was the rear gunner in a Wellington bomber when it crashed while returning from a bombing mission in France.’
      • ‘The tail gunner rotated the turret and opened fire on a dark shape less than 300 yards out.’
      • ‘His medical studies were interrupted by the second world war, during which he was a rear gunner on Lancaster bombers.’
      • ‘The pilot, navigator, and the gunner lived in three entirely separate social worlds.’
    3. 1.3historical A naval warrant officer in charge of a ship's guns, gun crews, and ordnance stores.
      • ‘He stayed aboard with his first mate and a naval gunner.’
      • ‘But the ship's gunners were experienced and past their initial confusion and surprise.’
      • ‘Within three minutes, those of her 48 crew and the ship's gunner who had not managed to get into the lifeboats were in the water and swimming to them.’
      • ‘A Royal Navy gunner remembers action on board HMS Ramillies on WW2 People's War.’
      • ‘Eric saw action in the Second World War as a ship's gunner in Burma, Malaya and the Middle East, before returning to the market.’
  • 2A person who hunts game with a gun.

    • ‘The ‘hot tank’ is the prize of the brush country - especially for the gunner unlimbering a light gauge for the bounty of close incomers.’
    • ‘And, for the avid rooster hunting gunner, there's really only one breed to consider.’