gunfight vs gunplay what difference

what is difference between gunfight and gunplay



gun +‎ fight


gunfight (plural gunfights)

  1. A battle (or a duel) using small arms.

Derived terms

  • bring a knife to a gunfight
  • gunfighter


gunfight (third-person singular simple present gunfights, present participle gunfighting, simple past and past participle gunfought)

  1. To engage in battle using small arms.



gun +‎ play


gunplay (usually uncountable, plural gunplays)

  1. The discharge of firearms, usually with violent intent and in confrontations.
    In the aftermath of the Iraq War, the streets of Baghdad were sometimes filled with gunplay.
    • 1985, Larry McMurty, The Lonesome Dove, Simon & Schuster (2010), →ISBN, page 114:
      The one consoling thought was that there might be gunplay before the night was over—Dish had never been in a gun battle but he reasoned that if bullets flew thick and fast Jake might stop one of them, which could change the whole situation.
    • 2006, Philippa Gates, Detecting Men: Masculinity and the Hollywood Detective Film, State University of New York Press (2006), →ISBN, page 140:
      Cop action films revelled in scenes of action and violence with the male body at the center engaging in fistfights, kickboxing, car chases, and gunplay.
    • 2010, Terrence E. Poppa, Drug Lord: A True Story: The Life and Death of a Mexican Kingpin, Cinco Puntos Press (2010), →ISBN, page 156:
      The agents were outnumbered, outgunned, and way off the beaten track, but Becky quickly understood that nobody had planned on any gunplay.
  2. (BDSM) A sexual practice involving the use of a (usually unloaded) firearm for physical and mental stimulation.
    • 2009, Quince Mountain, “Cowboy for Christ”, in Believer, Beware: First-person Dispatches from the Margins of Faith (eds. Jeff Sharlet & Peter Manseau), Beacon Press (2009), →ISBN, page 116:
      When the professor turned out to be too warped even for my tastes — consensual knifeplay is one thing; drunken gunplay quite another []


  • “gunplay” in Unabridged,, LLC, 1995–present.

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