coun·​ter·​snip·​er ˌkau̇n-tər-ˈsnī-pər How to pronounce countersniper (audio)
variants or counter-sniper
plural countersnipers or counter-snipers
: a sniper employed to target and attack enemy snipers
He had been a countersniper for the security details assigned to protect Hamid Karzai in Afghanistan and Paul Bremer, the former American proconsul, in Iraq.Tom Junod

Word History

First Known Use

1942, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of countersniper was in 1942

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Cite this Entry

“Countersniper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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