Definition of gunner in English:



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

    • ‘He was a gunner and wireless operator in the 18th Armoured Regiment in Sherman Tanks.’
    • ‘Squads of combat-equipped troops toting assault rifles and columns of Humvees with gunners at the ready crisscross its flooded streets.’
    • ‘You should nominate your best marksmen as snipers while your all-arounders act as assault gunners or sappers.’
    • ‘Today, September 7, is a special day for 3L gunners around the country.’
    • ‘The 148 Btry. consists of radio operators, gunners, and a support staff.’
    • ‘The gunners had all opened fire at more or less the same time.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The gunners spotted his jeep from the high peaks and targeted it - just for fun.’
    • ‘The team leader made his decision quickly, and ordered his three gunners to open fire.’
    • ‘Either the gunner or the commander operates the turret control system.’
    • ‘Laser simulators have also sharply enhanced training realism for tank gunners and infantry small arms.’
    • ‘Every legion was of 50 men. 25 riflemen, 10 gunners, 5 snipers and 10 explosive.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At the age of 16 he was called up for war service as an anti-aircraft gunner and was taken prisoner.’
    • ‘Because of his blazing speed, Foster also will be used as a gunner on special-teams coverages.’
    • ‘When the mines had detonated the machine gunners and everybody else opened fire.’
    • ‘The gunner can operate either from within the vehicle or from a remote position up to 80 meters away.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Eight basic character types are available, from the infantryman common to all game maps, NCO specialists, support troopers, machine gunners, snipers and paratroopers.’
    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.’
      • ‘If McBride was a gunner - a private soldier in the Royal Artillery - he possibly came from Newry.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘More than 300 gunners from seven artillery units lined the road outside the cathedral.’
      • ‘A British gunner died after his light armoured vehicle slid down a crumbling bank and overturned.’
      • ‘For Gray, Kate Buckingham said he had won commendations during his long service in the Army as a gunner.’
      • ‘The Cape Corps provided gunners for the Coast Garrison Force.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2 A member of an aircraft crew who operates a gun, especially (formerly) in a gun turret on a bomber.
      • ‘But the 17th mission proved to be the last the gunner and his 10 fellow crew members would fly.’
      • ‘About the same time, the tail gunner calmly reported that he had been hit.’
      • ‘The gunner's ejection seat, however, was retained and can be occupied by an instructor or flight examiner.’
      • ‘His medical studies were interrupted by the second world war, during which he was a rear gunner on Lancaster bombers.’
      • ‘He flew 27 missions as a gunner on board Lancaster bombers before being selected in March 1943 for the now legendary 617 Squadron.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He flew 56 dangerous missions over Germany as a rear gunner on a Lancaster bomber.’
      • ‘The tail gunner rotated the turret and opened fire on a dark shape less than 300 yards out.’
      • ‘This method had its dangers since the P38 was subjecting itself to antiaircraft fire from defenders as well as gunners aboard the Japanese bombers.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The visibility was limited for this gun and the top turret gunner provided adequate coverage of that area anyway.’
      • ‘The pilot, navigator, and the gunner lived in three entirely separate social worlds.’
      • ‘He crawled back into the Mitchell and found the badly-injured turret gunner still inside.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Reg was the rear gunner in a Wellington bomber when it crashed while returning from a bombing mission in France.’
      • ‘Even though the ball turret gunner forgot to level his guns, we crash landed with out incident.’
      • ‘Allied fighters could not touch it, and it presented bomber gunners with a near impossible leading aim calculation.’
      • ‘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.’
    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.’
      • ‘A Royal Navy gunner remembers action on board HMS Ramillies on WW2 People's War.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.

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