Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A member of the armed forces who operates a gun.
  • noun A warrant officer in the US Marine Corps having charge of ordnance.
  • noun Chiefly British An artillery soldier, especially a private.
  • noun One who hunts with a gun.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who discharged a gun of the catapult kind. See gun, n.
  • noun One skilled in the use of guns or cannon; one who works a gun, either on land or at sea; a cannoneer.
  • noun A warrant-officer in the navy appointed to take charge of all the ordnance, ordnance-stores, and ammunition on board ship.
  • noun One who uses firearms; especially, one who practises the art of shooting game.
  • noun The loon or great northern diver.
  • noun The sea-bream, Pagellus centrodontus.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One who works a gun or cannon, whether on land, sea, or in the air; a cannoneer.
  • noun A warrant officer in the navy having charge of the ordnance on a vessel.
  • noun Prov. Eng. or Irish, Prov. Eng. or Irish The great northern diver or loon. See Loon.
  • noun Prov. Eng. or Irish The sea bream.
  • noun [Sailor's slang] the gun to which men or boys were lashed for punishment.
  • noun (Mil.) A member of the crew of a bomber airplane who operates the defensive gun at the rear of the airplane.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun military Artillery soldier, or such who holds private rank. Abbreviated Gnr.
  • noun A person who operates a gun.
  • noun figuratively An excessive go-getter; one exhibiting over-ambition.
  • noun American football A player on the kicking side whose primary job is to tackle the kickoff returner or punt returner.
  • noun UK, slang, soccer A fan of the Arsenal Football Club.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a serviceman in the artillery

Etymologies

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Middle English gun + -er

Examples

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  • Controls guns (pressure cylinders) to expand or puff whole grain to produce breakfast cereal: Presses button to admit grain and water to electric- or gas-heated cylinder. Clamps lid in place and starts cylinder rotating. Turns valves and moves controls to regulate air pressure and temperature in cylinder to obtain product having puffed kernels of specified size, color, and uniformity. Removes lid after specified time, causing grain to expand as it escapes from cylinder. Examines and feels product to determine need for adjustments in process conditions. (Also called a cereal popper.)

    September 22, 2008