Definition of gunslinger in English:

gunslinger

noun

informal
  • 1A man who carries a gun and shoots well.

    • ‘Like two gunslingers, the pair must now size each other up, staring intently through narrowed eyes, trigger fingers twitching, working out who will make the first move.’
    • ‘Like gunslingers in their own shoot-'em-up games, top console makers are blasting away with marketing salvoes months before products even hit the shelves.’
    • ‘Ford, brandishing a heavy pistol in each hand, blasted away all around him like a crazed gunslinger as the survivors and his crew leapt or were carried aboard the ship.’
    • ‘His masterpiece, Unforgiven, is all about a gunslinger whose age brings wisdom and the sense that physical decline can be offset by spiritual growth.’
    • ‘I never thought of him as a particularly great actor, but he had a squint to rival Clint Eastwood's, and, of course, he was also famous for being a gunslinger.’
    • ‘Wayne is a wounded gunslinger helping old friend Mitchum, an alcoholic sheriff, battle a nefarious cattle baron.’
    • ‘The hardest charger racks up accolades like a gunslinger notching kills on a gun: will he ever understand that learning is not a checklist of accomplishments, but a state of mind.’
    • ‘One of the recurrent characters in his works is, in fact, a murderous gunslinger at the ready, pistol pointed toward an unseen target outside the frame.’
    • ‘They'd been waiting anxiously for the right opportunity, knowing that they'd never be able to beat the gunslinger in a straightforward fight.’
    • ‘Somehow he winds up with a reputation as a fierce gunslinger, and has to follow the confines of the genre to their bloody conclusion.’
    • ‘Outlaw, their fourth album, sets out to romanticise Britain's famed criminals in the same way that American country music celebrates its history of gunslingers and gamblers.’
    • ‘Like a scene from a Western when the gunslinger walks into the saloon, the conversation dips to a low whisper, men freeze with their lips inches from their beer.’
    • ‘Cowboys rarely, if ever, ate pasta and Italy's history, while rich and storied, is bereft of tales of cattle rustlers, gunslingers and homesteaders circling the wagons.’
    • ‘There's also scope for sadism regarding the innocent civilians that populate each type of terrain, ranging from Eskimos to Mexican gunslingers.’
    • ‘Winner's ‘ordinary’ American was going to be someone whom the audience already knew as a gunslinger and hit man.’
    • ‘The Western provides Americans with comforting images of resolute pioneers and lone gunslingers.’
    • ‘But the absence of the traditional enemy didn't spoil the fun for assortment of enthusiasts including gunslingers, gamblers, and their womenfolk.’
    • ‘As spats go it was a fairly combustive one, and one which could have had a bloody conclusion when the veteran gunslinger and the new kid on the block met for their showdown in the Gleneagles Hotel dining room.’
    • ‘Having discovered that I was not alone in my quest to be a gunslinger, I needed to find out the basics.’
    • ‘Recall also that the three musketeers are fallen idols, prototypes of the grizzled gunslingers found in so many Westerns.’
    armed robber, hold-up man, bandit, gangster, terrorist, gunfighter
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    1. 1.1 A forceful and adventurous participant in a particular sphere.
      ‘the heroes of Wall Street were hip young gunslingers’
      • ‘Experienced Bolton skipper Gudni Bergsson has seen a few young Premiership gunslingers hit town this season ready to beat him on the draw in a penalty box shoot-out.’
      • ‘The joint venture goes wrong when gunslingers don't do enough research on the competition.’
      • ‘The proper way to get rid of that smirking gunslinger is to vote him out.’
      • ‘Normally nobody talks about this side of the business, because we're all supposed to be lone gunslingers.’
      • ‘He isn't the gunslinger of his early years with the Rams or the hesitant, indecisive quarterback of his last two years in St. Louis.’
      • ‘What effect it will have on his entirely undeserved public reputation as an anti-terrorism gunslinger is anybody's guess.’
      • ‘And I am not saying this because I am some partisan gunslinger.’
      • ‘To do otherwise condemns us at best to a continuation of the same old leadership cycle: swinging from years of micromanaging intellectuals versus cavalier gunslingers.’
      • ‘This was less of a problem last season with gunslinger Glen Rice at the ready.’
      • ‘Hull and Shanahan have recently been riding their reputations as gunslingers instead of earning them.’
      • ‘He might get it, but look for him to have to try and go gunslinger.’
      • ‘Bush and his gunslingers are committed to world domination at any cost.’
      • ‘As a hip young gastronomic gunslinger, he was the first British chef to win three Michelin stars.’
      • ‘Six months later, no one has reeled the big boy in, but the gunslinger remains cautiously optimistic.’
      • ‘Gore Vidal, the godfather of contemporary literary gunslingers, is quoted on the back jacket of Christopher Hitchens's latest assemblage of essays.’
      • ‘While Matthews might believe that we still have intellectuals pretending to be gunslingers, I am more convinced we have gunslingers pretending to be intellectuals.’
      • ‘He is not as much of a gunslinger as Brett, but he takes the same kind of chances and gets away with them.’
      • ‘It was an offhand revelation from this official, who is no partisan gunslinger.’
      • ‘Campaign manager Rove by anybody's measure is a partisan gunslinger.’

Pronunciation

gunslinger

/ˈɡənˌslɪŋər//ˈɡənˌsliNGər/