Definitions for gunslingerˈgʌnˌslɪŋ ər
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
Slang. a gunfighter.
Origin of gunslinger:
gunman, gunslinger, hired gun, gun, gun for hire, triggerman, hit man, hitman, torpedo, shooter(noun)
a professional killer who uses a gun
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.
Gunfighter and gunslinger, are literary words used historically to refer to men in the American Old West who had gained a reputation of being dangerous with a gun and has participated in gunfights and shootouts. Gunman was a more common term used for these individuals in the 19th century. Today, the term gunslinger can be used to denote someone who is good and fast with pistols, but can also refer to riflemen and shotgun messengers. Gunfighters range from occupations such as a lawmen, outlaw, duelist, but is commonly more synonymous to a hired gun. Like cowboys, gunfighters have become a cultural icon in modern times, and is an image of the American people abroad and of American warrior culture.
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