Definition of gunsel in English:


Syllabification: gun·sel
Pronunciation: /ˈgənsəl


US informal
  • A criminal carrying a gun.
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    • 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…


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

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