Definition of gunsel in English:

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gunsel

Pronunciation: /ˈɡən(t)səl/

noun

US informal
A criminal carrying a gun.
Example sentences
  • The character of noir is subtly uncompromising, at the right time mortally confronting not the two-bit gunsel but Mr. Big, the respectable-appearing ring leader behind it all.
  • In The Maltese Falcon, the dandified villain is a corpulent homosexual with a lustful penchant for ancient art and gunsels.
  • The same can hardly be said of the gunsel in Magnificent Seven… and as for the assassin in ‘Battle Beyond the Stars’, well that's a whole other scary world…

Origin

Early 20th century (denoting a homosexual youth): from Yiddish gendzel 'little goose', influenced in sense by gun.

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Syllabification: gun·sel

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