Definition of gunner in English:


Line breaks: gun¦ner
Pronunciation: /ˈgʌnə


  • 1A serviceman who operates or specializes in guns, in particular:
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    • Either the gunner or the commander operates the turret control system.
    • The gunner can operate either from within the vehicle or from a remote position up to 80 meters away.
    • At the age of 16 he was called up for war service as an anti-aircraft gunner and was taken prisoner.
  • 1.1(In the British army) an artillery soldier (used especially as an official term for a private).
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    • 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.
    • If McBride was a gunner - a private soldier in the Royal Artillery - he possibly came from Newry.
    • 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.
  • 1.2A member of an aircraft crew who operates a gun, especially (formerly) in a gun turret on a bomber.
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    • 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.
    • This method had its dangers since the P38 was subjecting itself to antiaircraft fire from defenders as well as gunners aboard the Japanese bombers.
    • Allied fighters could not touch it, and it presented bomber gunners with a near impossible leading aim calculation.
  • 1.3 historical A naval warrant officer in charge of a ship’s guns, gun crews, and ordnance stores.
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    • 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.
  • 2A person who hunts game with a gun.
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    • 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.

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