Meaning of “shooting” in the English Dictionary

"shooting" in British English

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uk /ˈʃuː.tɪŋ/ us /ˈʃuː.t̬ɪŋ/

B2 [ U ] the act of shooting bullets from guns or other weapons:

We heard some shooting in the night.

B2 [ C ] an occasion when someone is injured or killed by a bullet shot from a gun:

There have been a number of shootings in the capital this week.

[ U ] the sport of shooting animals or birds:

pheasant/grouse shooting
He goes shooting most weekends.

More examples

  • The shooting of the policeman has received universal condemnation.
  • They dived for cover when they heard the shooting start.
  • A youth was seriously injured in a shooting incident on Saturday night.
  • He is believed to have been shot by a rival gang in revenge for the shootings last week.
  • This week saw the fatal shooting of an unarmed 15-year-old.


uk /ˈʃuː.tɪŋ/ us /ˈʃuː.t̬ɪŋ/ Indian English

(Definition of “shooting” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"shooting" in American English

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shootingnoun [ C/U ]

us /ˈʃu·t̬ɪŋ/

the act of firing a gun or other weapon:

[ U ] She heard shooting in the distance.

A shooting is also an occasion on which someone is injured or killed by a bullet fired from a gun.

(Definition of “shooting” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)