Definition of gunman:
- A weapon which throws or propels a missile to a distance; any firearm or instrument for throwing projectiles by the explosion of gunpowder, consisting of a tube or barrel closed at one end, in which the projectile is placed, with an explosive charge behind, which is ignited by various means. Muskets, rifles, carbines, and fowling pieces are smaller guns, for hand use, and are called small arms. Larger guns are called cannon, ordnance, fieldpieces, carronades, howitzers, etc. See these terms in the Vocabulary.
heavy weapon, taw, gas pedal, gas, submarine, accelerator pedal, hoagy, grease-gun, hoagie, poor boy, shooter, throttle, gunslinger, gun for hire, hitman, hero, hired gun, grinder, torpedo, gun, submarine sandwich, gangster, electric ray, crap-shooter, crampfish, wedge, sub, bomber, triggerman, hero sandwich, accelerator, zep, numbfish, shot, ordnance, hit man, artillery.
Desertions were now more frequent than ever; chiefs left in the open day with their followers; the gunman threw away his weapon, and joined his oppressed brother the peasant; great numbers of the Begemder soldiery daily abandoned his cause and returned to their villages.- "A Narrative of Captivity in Abyssinia With Some Account of the Late Emperor Theodore, His Country and People", Henry Blanc.
- "Star-Dust A Story of an American Girl", Fannie Hurst.
- "Bull Hunter", Max Brand.