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shooter Syllabification: shoot·er
Pronunciation: /ˈSHo͞odər/

Definition of shooter in English:


1A person who uses a gun either regularly or on a particular occasion.
Example sentences
  • This type of rifle has proven surprisingly popular with regular shooters as well.
  • The shooter was a former office employee who was fired about a year ago.
  • Within moments, a police officer on duty fired from the floor of the Council chamber at the shooter in the balcony.
1.1 informal A gun.
Example sentences
  • Barely a minute passes in this gun-crazy crime caper without someone pulling out a shooter or letting off some form of military hardware.
  • When we stopped them to ask where they were going one of them pulled out a shooter.
  • There were at least thirty of them, all fit, strong chaps armed with shooters.
1.2A type of computer game in which the main objective is to shoot at enemies or other targets: a futuristic sci-fi shooter
More example sentences
  • I prefer to play my shooters on the PC, so there wasn't really any great need for me to buy a PS2 at launch.
  • Personally I don't want all my shooters to be the same so I enjoy the crouching instead of aiming down sights.
  • The mechanics are easy even if you don't normally play shooters.
2A member of a team in games such as basketball whose role is to attempt to score goals.
Example sentences
  • The game became a battle of tight defence over all court positions with immense pressure being applied to the goal shooters of both teams.
  • Not much of a shooter, he scores about 10 points less per game then his predecessor used to.
  • Have the shooters approach the basket as fast as possible (without losing control of the ball!).
2.1A person who throws a die or dice.
Example sentences
  • Most players wager with the shooter and with the dice.
  • Would you rather put your money, or increase your bet on a shooter who throws at random, or one with at least a modicum of control?
  • Otherwise, the come-out roll becomes the point and you are gambling on whether the shooter will subsequently throw the point or a seven first.
3A marble used to shoot at other marbles.
4 informal, chiefly North American A small alcoholic drink, especially of distilled liquor: geez, he could use a shooter of whiskey
More example sentences
  • While perusing the menu, Ritchie offered us an Elvis drink, a vodka and grape drink shooter.
  • I divided the drink among four glasses, explained to the guys what I'd been up too, and we downed the new drink as shooters.
  • Disappointed that we had missed a good evening of free drinking, we decided to go to my friends' place of work, where I drank a plethora of shooters, several mixed drinks and a beer.

Words that rhyme with shooter

accoutre (US accouter), commuter, computer, disputer, looter, neuter, pewter, polluter, recruiter, refuter, rooter, saluter, scooter, souter, suitor, tooter, transmuter, tutor, uprooter
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